Keith Blackburn with HTK Architects, who has worked with the school board for several projects, presented the facility recommendations and a glimpse at facilities of the future.
The current facilities project that the board is contemplating would include a new elementary school to replace Garfield.
The plans call for additions to that building to eventually replace McKinley and Kennedy elementary schools.
said the long-range plan also moves all elementary students, between 635 to 650 students, into one facility.
The plan is set up so that we wouldnt have to go in and tear things down in 20 or 30 years when you guys want to do something with the high school, Blackburn
just duplicated the square footage of the current Abilene High School
I have no idea what the population would be, he
also said he
has no idea of costs 20 years from now.
The long-range plan also calls for the industrial arts building to be moved and there are two possible locations on the published plan, though there would only be one building.
The tennis courts, which will also be 20 years older, will also have to be moved.
said the plan does not address a football practice field.
said the plan does not address moving the high school to a new location.
I would imagine in 20 more years, you are not going to want to keep the old gym, Blackburn
said, adding that a practice gym is in the current improvement plan and a competition gym would be in the long-range plans.
said, that in 30 years the way students are taught and the facilities needs may change.
It (plan) doesnt accommodate curriculum changes and it doesnt accommodate if you wanted to move another group of kids; if you wanted to put your sixth graders in with the seventh and eighth.
I dont have anything in here for that, he
A lot of times there are curriculum changes and you end up having to renovate buildings.
We almost have that here with MTSS (smaller group work).
Who knows in 20 years how it is going to be set up?