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October 7, 2012

East Park next on renovation list

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DANVILLE —

McKiernan said she will recommend the district issue $6.5 million in bonds, while still trying to maintain the current tax rate. Any additional money needed for the project would come from the district’s operational fund, she said.

“We’ve intentionally put money aside,” Denman said. “And we’re hoping to get good bids.”

He said Buildings and Grounds Director Ron Henton plans to conduct site tours at East Park with potential contractors in hopes of getting the best bids possible on the project.

“We only have a certain amount of money to spend,” Denman said. “The plumbing is in decent shape and we’ll replace fixtures, but it will not nearly be the renovations of North Ridge.”

The work also would include paving the school’s parking lot as well as the road around the school that connects to Colfax Street.

Denman ruled out the possibility of building a cafetorium like at South View and North Ridge, but instead said the architects’ plans outline two options for a cafeteria or separate eating area without a stage.

The architects will present to the school board Wednesday the estimated base cost of the project, which would exclude a cafeteria; however, board members will be able to consider the addition of one of two options.

Option 1 would entail constructing an addition to the east side of the gymnasium for a cafeteria that would adjoin the existing kitchen.

Option 2 would entail the construction of a new cafeteria and a new kitchen built in the large grassy area to the south of the main entrance of the school.

Denman said creating a cafeteria or separate eating area at East Park would provide “additional space for meetings and remove students from the school area where classes are going on.

“East Park has the largest and one of the most functional kitchens in the district,” he said. “It was meant to be the kitchen for all three junior highs.”

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