Friday, May 05, 2000
Ross High plans to expand
By Sue Kiesewetter
ROSS TOWNSHIP Ross High School could get a new science classroom and a weight room within the next 18 months. And taxes won't have to increase to pay for the additions.
Superintendent David McWilliams said preliminary cost estimates for the project which includes renovated locker rooms with more restrooms and showers put the cost at $450,000.
The addition would be built at the west end of the building between the school and the football field.
Plans call for an 1,800-square-foot weight room and a 1,000-to-1,200-square-foot classroom, to be built side by side.
We already have one science teacher who puts materials on a cart and moves from classroom to classroom, Mr. McWilliams said. It's not a good situation. With the state requirement for science increasing, we need more room.
Money to pay for the weight room will come from the $150,000 the district received last summer when it signed an exclusive agreement with Coca-Cola for use of its products in the schools.
The rest of the money will come from the district's general fund, said Tracy Jarvis, Ross Schools' treasurer.
Mr. McWilliams said he is soliciting proposals from architectural firms before selecting one to draw up plans for the projects.
He hopes to have a firm hired by mid-June and drawings prepared by late summer for bidding.
Mr. McWilliams said the goal is to have the addition ready for use in January at the semester break.
If the project becomes too costly, Mr. McWilliams said, he would consider converting two classrooms into a science lab and then placing two modular classrooms outside.
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