Despite the failed bond on a new
high school in October, the Kodiak Island School Board continues to discuss the
matter. The district's director of operations updated the board on plans to
enable a second public vote of the high school initiative at the school board work
session last night, with modifications.
Superintendent Steward McDonald said he wasn't giving up
on a new high school after the October vote, that the re-vamped plans will save
the borough as well as taxpayers money, bringing the total cost down from an
estimated 115-million dollars to just 80-million, and that an architect has
been retained by the district to help with the planning.
-- (High School 1 45 sec. "Is there any way ... possibly even
Operations Scott Williams explained to the board how the renewed plans
developed and said that the new plan would include both renovations to the
existing school and some new construction, including turning the existing pool
into a larger-capacity gymnasium.
-- (High School 2 49 sec. "Through my evaluation ... do need
renovation, as opposed to demolition and re-construction of a completely new
high school, as a positive scenario for both the school district and taxpayers
in terms of cost.
-- (High School 3 19 sec. "Trying to limit that new ... the
more we can renovate.")
potential renovation is still in the planning stages, but agreed with McDonald in
hoping to see the issue up for public vote again by next fall.