Renovation design details for the high school remain to be set, with design input teams to be formed to assist.
"This is a big project, and we invite school people to join in the design phase," said board Chairman Preston Miles.
Separating buses from other traffic
Traffic flow on the main campus also will be redesigned to separate buses from other traffic as has been done at Perryville and Junction City elementary schools.
The traffic design also separates high school traffic from the middle school and Woodlawn Elementary traffic. High school drivers would enter and exit at the east end of the campus off Perryville Road, entering the current parking area by driving around the east side and behind the high school. Parents and visitors also would enter from the east driveway off Perryville Road and loop in front of the high school to drop off and pick up students.
Non-bus traffic to Woodlawn and the middle school would enter from the Danville bypass to the north of Woodlawn and by the board office. A drop off, pick up area is proposed to the north of Woodlawn adjacent to the gymnasium. Cars would either loop back out to the bypass or turn right to continue to the middle school in a driveway separate from the bus lane. Cars would loop in front of the middle school and exit back along the entrance route to the bypass.
Buses would enter the main campus from the bypass and run along the current bus route in front of Woodlawn and the middle school. They would continue as they currently do to the high school, but to a loop in front of the cafeteria to the west side of the facility. They would exit using the west side driveway off Perryville Road. Current planning recommends that buses be staged in two groups to allow faster boarding in the afternoon.
Additional parking would be available in front of all three main campus schools.
Projects planned for this summer will cost approximately $3,640,000. With limited bonding capacity partially stemming from the absence of a state budget, a complete renovation of the high school cannot be undertaken at this time. If a state budget is approved in the next legislative session, the district's bonding capacity will grow.
Recommended by Frieda Meyers of Ross-Tarrant Architects to expedite the process further, the board approved a site survey contract not to exceed $28,000 with consultation by the board's architect to minimize the cost.