Archive for Thursday, June 12, 2008

School talks new, colorful designs

June 12, 2008

Basehor-Linwood School Board members on Monday night considered a colorful change for the design of the proposed new middle school.

The district's construction supervisor Chris Claflin presented the floor plans and elevations for the school, explaining each area and proposed building materials.

While the process has been a group effort, Claflin said, Basehor-Linwood Middle School principal Mike Boyd has been instrumental in the design plans.

"As the middle school principal, he has really been the lead person on the floor plans and how they'll be used educationally," Claflin said.

Rooms for elective classes, such as foreign language, technology labs and music, will be in one wing of the school along with the gymnasiums, while the administrative offices and cafeteria will be centralized. The other end of the school will contain three pods - one for each of the six, seventh and eighth grades.

Claflin explained that the sixth-grade pod will have rooms similar to elementary-level classrooms except that the students will still have lockers in the hallway.

"The sixth-graders will really function as their own unit," he said. "The idea is, it's a transition from elementary to middle school."

Horst, Terrill and Karst Architects proposed a contemporary look, with black, white and gray brick and yellow metal panels for the roof on the exterior of the building. While some board members said they did not care for the yellow panels, the idea was to try to display at least one of the school's colors, Claflin said, which are purple and gold. Each of the other schools in the district displays a color on the exterior of the building.

"These panels are available in maybe 30 stock colors," Claflin said. "One could easily substitute gray or earth tones."

"I think it should have a color," board member Dayna Miller said. "All the other buildings have a color as their signature."

A few other board members suggested that other colors, such as purple, be explored for the panels.

"You can give us some input over time," Claflin said. "This is brand new to us. The color selection is something that doesn't interfere with the overall design."

If the plans for the new middle school stay on track, the project will be ready to bid in September and a groundbreaking is set for mid- to late October. The school is scheduled to be complete and ready for students by the 2010-2011 school year.

Action items:

¢ Approved, 6-0, with board president Randy Cunningham absent, ratification of negotiated agreement for 2008-2009.

¢ Met in executive session for an hour and 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel and acquisition of property.

¢ Approved, 6-0, the appointment of Pam White, Basehor Elementary School reading aide; Renee Johnson, BES Nurse; Toni Howard, Glenwood Ridge Elementary School reading aide; Ryan Kazmaier, part time instructional music; John Dixon, BLMS assistant football coach; and Nicholas Lootens, drum line; and the resignation of Kristen Johnson, Basehor-Linwood High School language arts.

¢ Approved, 6-0, administrative salaries.

¢ Approved, 6-0, classified salaries.

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