Following an extensive second meeting with way teachers and program directors, the Trigg County School Board and its members used most of Thursday night to unanimously review and approve the Initial schematic design of the District Professional Building’s $10 million renovation.
With all costs coming from the state budget on an untied basis, the ultimate goal is to use all funds efficiently, lest they dissolve into the commonwealth general fund.
As such, Sherman Carter Barnhart Architect Andrew Owens and his Principal, Chris Jones – alongside Trigg County Operations Manager Matt Ladd, District Finance Officer Holly Greene and other renowned parties – have spent countless hours reviewing what needs improvement and where.
Upstairs, Owens pointed out that nursing, business/IT and engineering will take up most of the upgraded space, as will a new retail location.
This new store, Owens said, will be a new centerpiece for the entire campus.
All future paths in the district will see a marked improvement, but Owens described a new nursing station that is expected to change the path for students and the hands-on learning experience.
On the ground floor, students and teachers will notice additional square meters for classroom space in family consumer science, agriculture and child development – with an additional lab and workspace for children. ways.
Owens added that a space to serve meals, especially breakfast, would be key on the lower floor and in conjunction with the school cafeteria.
Both floors will have student and faculty restrooms for all genders, while a workroom/teachers’ break room is being designed upstairs to provide informal conference and conversation space .
A service patio has been designed for outdoor projects, as well as a security vestibule for safe entry.
Given that the ground floor sees an improved square footage, Owens added that a new greenhouse – complete with new signage – will almost certainly be part of this modern redevelopment.
Additionally, Owens said new paths may be possible for the district for the foreseeable future, but things like carpentry, welding and electrical will stay and be better – after upgrades in the lab space and technology.
New signage will come to both entrances, both from the high school and near the backdoor, and a storage mezzanine will help solve any issues with all the lanes.
The elevator will remain, with a large stairwell connecting the floors.
The goal of this renovation, Owens said, is to move all of the district’s professional lanes to a central location, while accommodating all the space needed for existing and successful lanes.
Ladd noted that additional input from teachers and staff has been instrumental in the process so far.
Greene said LAVEC funding of $10 million is expected to arrive from the state on June 1, meaning the bidding process could begin after the end of the 2021-22 academic year and early of summer.
Board member Clara Beth Hyde said she would much rather see students in the professional building miss no more than two semesters, or a full year, of being in the building during its revitalization. Both Owens and Ladd agreed that was the hope, as long as supply chains and competitive negotiations don’t get in the way of the construction process.