It comes as the district is working toward a possible bond election to update the district's junior highs and high schools.
The last bond election -- about five years ago -- focused on the elementary schools ...
District leaders want to make sure instruction drives the construction.
School architecture expert Frank Kelly's motto is: "No more cookie-cutter high schools."
"You want the building to support the curriculum & the instruction ... So you've got to talk about education first & the architecture second."
So the key, Kelly says, is gathering feedback -- then figuring out how to create an environment most conducive to learning.
"I went back to my own high school not long ago - & I graduated a long time ago -- & when I stepped into the front door, it was exactly the same as it was the day I graduated. And that's pretty silly, when you consider how the world has changed. Schools should be able to change & evolve the way office buildings & retail buildings do."
Superintendent Dr. George Kazanas, wants the community to get involved & take ownership.
Dr. George Kazanas
"At some point in the future, if we ask our voters to vote for a bond issue, ask to increase taxes for a bond election, I want them to know that this is something that is well-thought out, well-planned, & that has been well-researched."
Dr. Kazanas wants to look at efficient, economical designs for the schools, that will go hand in hand with technology. And he & Kelly agree -- a great building is no substitute for a great teacher.
"A great teacher can probably go out & sit under a tree someplace. But I would contend that a great teacher who had a great facility to work with, with great technology, & a supportive -- sort of a whole supportive environment, would do a lot better."
This spring, the district will hold education summits where anyone will be able to share feedback ... A bond election could take place as early as next year.
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