School planning committee recommends replacing Cotteral Elementary

School planning committee recommends replacing Cotteral Elementary

The Long Range Planning Committee for Guthrie Public Schools is expected to make a presentation to the Board of Education on future project needs and infrastructure for the school district.

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Prior to the last successful bond issue, the long-range planning committee made several recommendations to the board, including a new elementary school (Charter Oak Elementary), building improvements and technology upgrades to name a few.

The 11-member committee composed of local leaders, two school board members, a retired teacher, business leaders and parents, prioritized the needed projects to improve the learning environment within the school district.

In a signed letter to the school board, the committee said, “The overarching project is to address the condition of Cotteral Elementary (located at 2001 W. Noble).”

The committee said securing student space with the design is quite difficult and bringing the current building up to accessibility standards would be cost prohibitive and impractical.

“We (committee) recommend the building (Cotteral Elementary) to be replaced with a much more functional design.”

Other recommendations include providing secure entrances to all sites, address HVAC needs throughout the district, complete the exterior renovation of the Guthrie Junior High building, updates to the restrooms and auditorium at Fogarty Elementary and renovate the bathrooms at Guthrie High School.

The committee will encourage the board to continue to make commitments toward technology, safety, security and learning environment for students.

In May 2015, voters of the school district approved a $16.2 million bond issue, which is the largest dollar amount for the district, by an outstanding 77 percent margin (60 percent needed to pass).

The current three-bond series has addressed roof, window and exterior issues at Central, Fogarty and Guthrie Upper Elementary schools. The second phase built Charter Oak Elementary and the final phase is currently addressing issues at the junior high, heating and air units at the high school and district-wide technology.

The school board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 12 at the Administrative Building located at 802 E. Vilas.

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