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Want to have a say in the new school?

The Crook County School District is seeking applicants for the design committee for the new elementary school


As the Crook County School District launches into the design phase of its new elementary school, they are seeking help from members of the public.

The district recently formed a design committee comprised of architects, school board members, school administrators, maintenance and finance staff, and a project manager. To round out that committee, and ensure that the needs and desires of local citizens are represented throughout the design process, the district is accepting applications from two members of the public to join the committee.

The district is accepting applications until Monday, Oct. 14, and the school board will make committee appointments at their Oct. 21 meeting.

Superintendent Duane Yecha said that no experience is necessary to fill the position. While he acknowledged that familiarity with building projects or the administration of projects would benefit the committee, he placed a high premium on representation of the public during committee meetings.

“We want that person who will be communicating with the public at those meetings,” he said.

Yecha said the design committee will focus primarily on the functionality of the school with respect to providing a quality learning environment. He added that the committee will have to thoughtfully consider everything that goes into the design of a great building, including traffic flow around the facility, the layout of classrooms, public access to the gymnasium and cafeteria, and parking.

When the committee was established during last month’s school board meeting, Yecha and board members projected that they would complete the design by March then hand it over to a construction committee.

Between now and then, the committee will keep the board and members of the public apprised of their progress.

“The school district is having the bond measure or the capital projects talked about at each board meeting,” Yecha said. “So I would expect a monthly report going to the school board.”

He added that once the committee completes their work, they will present the educational specifications of the design to the school board for final approval.

Yecha is pleased to see the project move into this phase.

“I think this is an exciting time for the community to have the new hospital project coming to town and this new school and the thought that we are going to see about $15 million worth of (school) remodels,” he said. “It has been a long time since we built an elementary school here, so this is a special, special time.”



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