Lake County School District Presents Facilities Plan
Imagine Leadville without “Lake County High School?” And what if this year’s students were the last to attend “Lake County Middle School?”
These were some of the possible scenarios discussed last Tuesday, October 1, at the Lake County School District’s “Facilities Forum” held at the middle school.School Superintendent Wendy Wyman meets with parents at the “Facilities Forum.”
A group of nearly 15 parents and community members gathered in the LCMS library for a presentation by School Superintendent Wendy Wyman and new Director of Special Projects, Kate Bartlett. The evening included the presentation of maps of each of the schools, outlining how the district proposes to reconfigure classes, grades and administrative offices once the high school renovation project is complete in August 2014. After the presentation the attendees broke into small groups for discussion and then presented their ideas to Wyman and Bartlett.
In addition to last Tuesday’s meeting with parents and community members, the board plans to meet with LCSD staff today, Oct 7. at 6:15 p.m. in the LCMS library and will also be available to staff during the lunch hour this week to answer questions about the plans and gather input from the people who work in these facilities. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Superintendent Wendy Wyman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-486-6800. or Kate Bartlett at email@example.com or 719-486-6818.
So how would all these changes affect the names of the schools as they exist today? Well, clearly, if the present day middle school becomes the home for first through sixth grades, then it’s not really a middle school anymore. And since the LCHS building will not only contain grades 9 – 12, but will also accommodate the 7th & 8th grade classes after the renovation, should it still be known as Lake County High School? This survey form was distributed:
It’s important to note, that the proposed Facilities Plan was configured using data from the Lake County School District’s Master Plan, according to Superintendent Wyman. Here is a link to that document:
Below are the maps of the proposed reconfiguration of LCSD facilities. In brief, the plan provides for the current Lake County High School to house grades 7 – 12 once renovation is complete next August 2014. These classes will be seperated into a “high school” and “junior high school” wing. For those who may not be familar with these extensive plans currently under construction at Lake County High School, check out this VIDEO – CLICK.Fall weather has been cooperating with the renovation project at the high school.
Lake County Middle School
The Lake County Middle School which presently has fifth through eighth grades, would be reconfigured to contain grades 1 – 6. Here is what the class configuration would look like:
West Park Elementary School
West Park Elementary School (WPE) would contain Kindergarten, in fact doubling the number of classrooms from the current 5 to 10 Kindergarten classes. In addition, the district’s administrative offices would move over to WPE. And as the plans indicate the round building on the far west end of the facility would be demolished.
Margaret J. Pitts Elementary School
The Pitts Elementary School, more informally known as “The Center” would continue to house the pre-school and Headstart programs in the east side wing. The west wing would be completely empty.
And finally the present administrative offices at 107 Spruce Street would be “mothballed,” which by definition means “a condition of protective storage”. Although not included in the presentation, this facility would be used primarily for storage, Bartlett explained.
The School Board will be making a final determination about this proposed Facilities Plan this month in a special meeting, so now is the time to pass along your input: contact Superintendent Wendy Wyman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-486-6800. or Kate Bartlett at email@example.com or 719-486-6818.
School District Puts Mill Levy Override to Voters in Nov.
The Lake County School District Board of Education will also be bringing Ballot Issue 3A to Lake County voters on the upcoming Nov. 5 Election. In short, the district is asking voters to approve a mill levy override, basically continuing the one that voters put into place at the polls in November, 2003. Here’s that measure as it reads: