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New school design revealed

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By Nathan L. McBroom

The design for the building that will eventually be the second high school in the district will be revealed at the school board meeting this Thursday night.

In December when the board approved the plan for the building, the design company, Sherman, Carter and Barnhart, released a basic outline of how the buildings will lie on the campus. On Thursday night the company is expected to reveal the layout of the secondary school.

The building, which is set to be built on the new west campus off U.S. 60 near Ardmore Lane, is designed to hold 1,500 students.

Initially the building will house all of the eighth-and-ninth-grade students in the district. This "8/9" center will provide relief to the crowded middle and high schools.

It is scheduled to be complete by fall of 2010.

When the third middle school in the district is completed in 2015, the building will become the district's second high school. The entire project on the West campus will cost $100 million.

Also at the meeting on Thursday night, board members will consider approving a building plan intended to relieve parking and traffic problems at Heritage Elementary School.

According to Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of operations, the plan calls for the construction of a new entrance to the school, a new car rider loop and adding additional parking to the school.

There will also be a presentation by the host school as well as a closed session for discussion of hiring a new superintendent.

Also on Thursday night the board will consider approving:

A HVAC/lighting modernization project at East Middle; new job descriptions and revised job descriptions; and, staffing guidelines and school allocations for 2008/2009.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at Simpsonville Elementary.