Detailed Plans of New Education Facilities Unveiled

Members of the School Board got a briefing on new educational facilities to be constructed on the Red River High School campus.  Superintendent Alison Hughes said the facility plans have been updated for the new Sixth Grade Center, the new Vocational Building, a new Music Building and the new Junior High Gymnasium.

The set of plans presented to the board is attached to this article.

“It is all state of the art,” said Hughes.  She added, “The new sixth grade wing on the Junior High will include a new entrance to the Junior High building and a new secured lobby.  There are plenty of classrooms and a nice science lab.”  The sixth grade building will be located where part of the old gym now stands.

There will be a new Vocational Building to be constructed in the open space just south of the Ninth Grade Academy building.  Hughes described the classrooms and lab spaces for Certified Nursing Assistant, Pro Start (Culinary Arts), Welding, Carpentry, Art and Micro-Business.

The new Junior High Gym will be built on the vacant lot recently acquired by the School Board just south of the present t-buildings that house 6thgrade classes. Hughes said, “It will seat about 550 spectators, not much smaller than the high school gym.”  The facility will include locker rooms for home and away teams, a weight room and concession stand.

The band is getting a new building.  Instead of getting a couple of rooms on the side of the old gym, the new building will be built just south of the high school gym. Hughes described the facility as “set up for choral as well as band. There will be practice rooms for instrument and vocal solos with plenty of room for the band.”

The board was told that bids for the new construction would go out very soon and bids will be due back by May.  The plan is for construction to begin as soon as school is out.  Improvements at the school is being funded by a $29,000,000 bond issue approved by voters a couple of years ago.

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