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Next steps in building new Prescott High School discussed

By Roger Hulne

Prescott School Superintendent

PRESCOTT--Prescott will experience building in many forms this summer.

With the excitement of a new business coming to town and preparing for the continuing space needs of our students, the community will be a visible sign of growth and development to all who pass through this area.

Many questions are surfacing about the next steps for building a new high school in Prescott. The first step is to obtain the funding as approved by the voters. Our financial adviser is helping us initiate our first bond issuance. The obvious goal is to achieve the lowest possible interest rate for the term of the bonds. If issued in June, the tax impact of the borrowing will occur on the 2014-2015 tax bill.

Another early step is preliminary site design. This involves a big picture view of the project, including general layout, utilities, roads, etc. The preliminary design will start to show a more exact location of the building. Survey crews have been working at the property already to provide details for this process.

Building details will be determined once the preliminary site design is complete. Those details include decisions such as the number and size of classrooms, width of hallways, location of lockers and bathrooms, etc. Eventually the fine details, such as colors, materials and fixtures, will be decided.

Along with planning for the new building, there will be deliberate preparation for an efficient grade reconfiguration within the existing buildings for fall of 2016. The design process, at all stages, will include input from community members, school staff and school board members, with guidance from our professional architect and construction manager. All construction work will be bid out to obtain the best price from qualified contractors.

Ground breaking is expected to happen this fall, with a completion goal for the 2016-2017 school year.

The district is planning opportunities for the public to follow progress through informational meetings, the website and video.