The Crest View and Rancho View properties will be leased to Wal-Mart and
Lowe's Eagle, respectively.
The district's master plan, which is approved project by project,
outlines each school's growth, needs and the district's major projects
for the next five years. The proposed plan includes enrollment
projections, anticipated facility needs, demographic data and budget
forecasts. It also includes a number of improvement and modernization
The master plan projects will be paid for by a combination of state funds
totaling up to $1.6 million and about $926,000 of the district's money.
The district will collect much of that money from the Rancho View and
Crest View leases, which are expected to bring in $880,000 a year.
The construction of Lowe's Eagle will be completed by December 2002.
Wal-Mart, which will break ground in August, is expected to be done by
"As soon as we start getting the money, we'll be in good shape," Supt.
James Tarwater said.
First priority will be given to the construction of community centers at
each of the four middle schools. These centers will be designed for use
as gymnasiums, auditoriums and stages. The elementary schools will also
have access to the centers, which will be complete by June 2002.
When the centers are built, the schools will no longer have to hold three
staggered assemblies to accommodate the student body.
"This will develop a cohesiveness, morale and school spirit among the
students," Tarwater said.
The centers will also free up the multipurpose rooms at each site, which
will make them available for cafeteria use during rainy weather.
The construction of these centers will finish the reconfiguration of the
schools that began in 1992, when the middle schools were split from the
Repairs and modernization projects are also a priority. All of the
district schools are at least 25 years old. Some need new carpet, paint,
asphalt and alarm systems. With the plan, some of the old portables that
housed libraries and classrooms will be replaced by permanent building.
The improvements and modernization will be done school by school,
starting with Harbour View Elementary, Tarwater said.
"We've been talking about this all year," said Roni Ellis, principal at
The 33-year-old school will see 10 of its portable classrooms replaced by
11 permanent ones, a new library and media center and teacher work areas.
Construction may begin this summer if final plans are approved.