A friend asked me if the walkway just covered or enclosed? She was under the impression it was only covered, not enclosed. If not enclosed, doesn't this pose an "issue" with students traveling from the main building to the extended campus in our possibly extremely cold winters? What about maintenance with snow/ice removal?
First, let’s examine which students will actually use this walkway. As the high school curriculum is structured now, 9th grade students take most, if not all, of their courses with other freshmen. This is why it’s easiest to move that student population into its own structure. The new building will include all the space that 9th graders need in their daily studies: lockers, classrooms, gym, band room. A small percentage of students will need to travel between the buildings for classes that they cannot access in their “home” buildings. More traffic will happen between buildings after school for athletics and student activities.
In terms of the design of the walkway, the district is considering several different options including open, covered, enclosed, covered but using heat lamps, and others. Nothing is set in stone on the walkway and will not be decided upon until later in the building process. The site plan shows the walkway as being covered, but that may change.
Our priority right now is making sure voters say YES to both questions in November so all high school students have the room they need to learn and grow.
Please keep the questions and comments coming! We love hearing what community members think about the referendum.
Posted by Jenny