Mission school building
construction project underway
The Mission High School building project includes a new computer lab,
administration offices with a lavatory, reception area, a commons and
an entrance vestibule. (Courtesy of Mission School District)
ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius School District
took action this past winter to begin an update of its facilities.
According to Superintendent Dr. Jerry Nolan, most of the existing
physical plant facilities were built in the 1930s and 1950s.
Consequently there is a need to bring the education facilities up to
In the fall of last year the school board hired an
architectural firm to assist in development of a master plan to address
future building expansion. In October the school board accepted the
plans put forth by Architects Design Group.
A few weeks back the ground was broken on two
projects within the school district. One is the expansion of the
elementary school and the other is expansion of the high school. There
will also be some remodeling of existing facilities.
The projects are slated for completion in time for
occupation in the upcoming 2010-2011 school year.
The elementary school portion of the project will
include the addition of a multi-purpose room that includes a stage.
There will be an addition of three new classrooms as well as some
remodeling of the present food service kitchen. The addition is just
east of the elementary school gymnasium.
The multi-purpose room will also serve as the
school district lunchroom. It along with the stage will become the main
venue for musical and theatrical productions.
The stage area will also serve as the elementary
school music room. The current music room will be converted to an
elementary school computer lab.
One of the three new classrooms will house the
special education department; another will be a third grade classroom;
and the use of the third classroom has yet to be determined.
One of two vacated classrooms in the existing
elementary school will be converted into a teaching resource library;
the other will house the Title I program.
The high school portion of the new building
project will be an addition on the south side of the high school and
The high school will get a new commons area east
of the south entrance that presently accesses the high school gym.
There will be a new high school computer lab added
to the existing high school building.
The new high school administration offices will be
located in the addition and they include three offices, a reception
area, a waiting area and lavatory facilities.
There will be a vestibule between the new high
school offices/computer lab and the commons area.
The old administrative offices will be used by the
technology, maintenance and counseling departments.
The exteriors of the additions to the high school
and elementary school will contain elements of American Indian design
in honor of the tribal culture of the area.
The building project is expected to be completed
by this August.
For more information, contact Superintendent Jerry
Nolan at 745-3811.