Why Is the District Proposing to Build the Additions Now?
Beginning construction while student enrollment is below the schools’ capacity will allow us to start building additions without disrupting classroom instruction. The District will be able to remove some of the temporary modular classrooms to begin constructing the new additions. If enrollment grows to 1,600 students at Hillcrest and Bonneville before the additions are constructed, we will need to utilize all of the modular classrooms on the high school campuses, some of which are located where the classroom additions will be built. This will lead to significantly increased costs to move the trailers and provide power to new locations.
Why did the District not build additions instead of building a new high school?
Additions to Hillcrest and Bonneville were both considered during the bond for Thunder Ridge. At that time, we needed to build 72 new classrooms to accommodate our growing high school enrollment. In consultation with architects and patron advisory committees, we determined that it was more feasible and economical to construct a new high school than to add 36 more classrooms and improve the infrastructure at Bonneville and Hillcrest.
- Inadequate parking for students and staff
- Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and A.D.A. compliance for such a large facility would have been expensive to bring up to code
How will the new entrances actually improve student safety?
The current entrances at Hillcrest and Bonneville have several key challenges.
The front entrances are not easy to identify for visitors. This leads to visitors trying to enter the buildings through doors that are not designated as main entrances.
Once visitors enter the school, they can immediately access hallways and classrooms without first having to check in with the administrative office. Our inability to monitor the entrances poses a security concern for staff and students. By constructing new entrances, visitors will need to check in with the administrative office before accessing hallways and classrooms, similar to the entrance at Thunder Ridge.
Why do the additions include new administrative offices instead of focusing on instructional space?
Moving the administrative offices will allow the administration and office staff to better monitor and supervise the parking areas and the student traffic coming in and out of the schools.