The Boone Board of Education met in regular session Monday to discuss updates on the proposed early childhood center.
Andrew Van Leeuwen with DLR-Lang Architecture revealed design components.
The space would utilize natural lighting sources and have nature-inspired themes. Hancock Drive would be extended to span the front of the building.
Other features would include:
- A separate drop-off area for buses and cars
- Meals would be made on-site
- Separate pre-K entrance
- Access around the perimeter for emergency vehicles
- A future trail would surround play areas
- Play areas would be broken down into: hard surface, pre-K and K-1
- STEAM, media center and art rooms located in the center of the building
- Potential for outdoor classrooms and outdoor dining.
The media center/library would have space for research, activities, printers, small group rooms, STEAM studio, audio/visual studio, administrative office, workroom/tech support and equipment storage.
The center would replace Page and Lincoln elementary schools.
The goal would be to break ground in March 2022, with the school opening in the fall of 2023. The building would be built with expansion in mind.
Hiring, goals and registration discussed
In other business, the board voted to approve the 2021-22 board goals: Student achievement, family engagement and communication and facilities budget management.
The proposed 2021-2022 board meeting schedule is viewable online.
The board voted to continue its contract with Imagine the Possibilities for student transition services in special education. The cost for this service for 2021-22 will be $31,450.00, which is a decreased rate from the 2020-21 school year.
Superintendent Julie Trepa gave an update on the district’s hiring process. She said the district just needs one more employee to be considered fully staffed in regard to teaching, as there is still a special education position that needs to be filled at the high school.
A job fair for the district will be held from 3-6 p.m. July 28 at the middle school. It will be aimed at classified staff including substitute bus drivers, associates and substitute kitchen help.
The fair will allow those interested in working for the district to have face-to-face time with administrators.
An email with information about online registration will go out to parents in the district on July 13. Those who do not have a portal set up will receive an email with instructions on how to set one up.
“We need every family in our district to do the registration — even if you’ve been going to Boone schools for the last 10 years,” Trepa said.
The board will meet in special session July 14 at noon for its bond sale of the early childhood center. It will be hosted in the central office conference center, with the meeting live-streamed on the BooneTV page
The board will meet again in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the high school library, with the meeting live-streamed on the BooneTV page.