MDL notes that the Madison Central School Board will hear the eagerly anticipated facilities report at its Monday night meeting. Sioux City architects Neumann Monson Wictor will tell us how good a shape the 40-plus-year-old high school building is in.
Keep your ears open on this one: Renovating the high school is supposed to be the next big capital outlay project for the district. After building a new middle school and elementary school, the high school is due for some updates, like moving the main office east and opening it up for better visibility, fixing the bathrooms (and maybe adding a couple?), and replacing seats and upgrading equipment in the auditorium. (Wish list: tear out that concrete/tile stage floor and give the theater kids a real wooden floor to work on!)
But whatever high school project may ensue will also give some fiscal cover to the folks who want to build another gym for the district. Expect something along the lines of, "Well, if we're spending all this money, why don't we add on that new gym while we're at it?"
Careful here: let's not get distracted from our priorities. The high school needs work first. It is the space in which students and teachers carry out the primary mission of the district. The high school has facilities that are substandard and out of date. A bigger gym with more seats might be a nice luxury, but let's get the important work done first and deal with accommodating more spectators separately.
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