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Ike plans move forward

First adjustments made to concept

September 28, 2010
Architects have made the first alterations in the evolving plans for a new Eisenhower Middle/High School. During Monday’s meeting of the Warren County School District Board of Directors Physical Plant and Facilities Committee, members voted to forward the revised plans on to the full board. Members expressed unanimous approval. WTW Architects Architect Budd Mracna said plans his firm developed after previous meetings with district officials call for an auxiliary gymnasium in addition to the main one. While it could not host basketball competitions, he said it could provide practice space for that sport as well as a competition area for volleyball and wrestling. Board Member Paul Yourchisin said he has had the opportunity to work in a number of schools in New York and Pennsylvania. In that time, he said he has found most building officials want a full-size gymnasium. Eisenhower Principal Gary Weber said he has talked to many junior high school coaches. He said many have reported playing on courts of the size outlined in the plan. Board President Art Stewart asked for middle level expertise. In the future, he said Beaty-Warren Middle School and Sheffield Area Middle/High School may undergo similar renovations. Beaty Principal Rhonda Decker said she liked the designed entrances. She said they allows people to attend sporting events without making them travel through the entire building. Youngsville Elementary/Middle School Teacher Eric Mineweaser said he has worked in Eisenhower. He said he likes how the plans keep middle school and high school students separated as much as possible. “I would also like to see a full-size gym,” Mineweaser said. “But if the money’s not there, you can’t do it.” The building may not need computer labs if it provides wireless access, Mineweaser said. Sheffield Area Middle/High School Principal Amy Beers said the labs cost some instruction time with students waiting for machines to turn on. Board Member John Grant said he envisions computers containing textbooks. To do this, he said he would like to see every student using a laptop. Committee members planned to hold their next meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Warren County Career Center.


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