Jefferson School Board votes to move forward with renovations
In its recent meeting the Jefferson County School Board voted to move forward with creating schematic design plans to add renovations to the vocational building at Jefferson County High School.
Vocational teachers along with administration at the school created their own draft design of an update to the building, which was largely left out of school renovation plan already in place.
The board approved for the draft to be added as an amendment to architectural firm, the Lewis Group’s overall renovation plan for the school. The cost for the draft to move forward to schematic design will not exceed $6,000, which will be taken out of the school’s capital outlay fund.
Once the schematic design process is finished the board will be able to take out bids on the work and better know the scope of renovating the building will.
Director of schools Charles Edmunds said proceeding with schematic design doesn’t mean the renovation of the building will go forward, but it would give an accurate estimate of how much renovations would cost.
The draft plan adds instructional square footage without adding actual square footage by eliminating dead space and creating classrooms.
The draft moves unused space in the building to create a computer lab, brings the Health Sciences into the building and sets up space for a Computer Assisted Drafting class. Restrooms will be moved from the center of the building to the front of the building and automotive labs and HVAC will take the extra space that theater classes are currently in once the performing arts center is built.
Jerry Lewis of the Lewis Group, the architect firm in charge of renovations at JCHS said that the design plans have been sent and are with the state fire marshal’s office for approval. Once approved, estimated in mid-March, bids will go out through construction company, Retenbach.
Lewis said he hopes to be able to start construction as soon as school is out in May.
Assistant Principal at JCHS, Nancy France detailed the school’s curriculum guide for the upcoming year to the board.
The only changes in the guide were the addition of more Advanced Placement courses including macroeconomics and computer science. The school is also adding German honors courses to prep students for the addition of Advanced Placement German in the near future.
- By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer