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May 6, 2010

Mission school building construction project underway

By B.L. Azure

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)
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 date.

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 gym.

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.

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