The Turner Public Schools Board of Education will be voting on the proposal presented by Superintendent Michelle Sedler on district-wide improvements at a board meeting held on June 27.
The proposal includes the building of a new elementary school, safety upgrades to all schools, security, heating, and cooling improvements to the Administrative Service Center and updates to all school library and media centers.
According to finance and student services director Jason Dandoy, the existing Oak Grove Elementary School building is aging and the campus contains three buildings which requires students to walk outdoors daily. The administration suggests a new elementary school be built on the same site.
"Classes would continue in the current structure while the new facility is being constructed," Dandoy said. "The current structure would require significant resources during the upcoming years in order for it to offer a conducive learning environment for students."
Another item on the list is safety upgrades such as card readers at all doors, new locks on classroom doors, and safety "vestibules."
Dandoy explained that these vestibules would be built between school entrances and the front office so that visitors are required to pass through the office before entering the school.
To include technology in the school setting, this proposal also includes the update of all district libraries.
"This project would create learning centers designed for use of mobile devices. We are also proposing removal of the existing boiler system at our Administrative Service Center and installation of a new HVAC system," Dandoy said.
The project as a whole is estimated to total $19.5 million but will be completed in a bond referendum so as to not cause any tax increase for the Turner community, according to Turner officials.
This will be discussed at the Board of Education meeting on June 27 and if approved, the public will vote on all projects in October, at the earliest. If the votes result in a “yes” the security changes would be completed by summer of 2014 and the new elementary school would be built by summer of 2015.