Hawarden Independent

February 07, 1991

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Issue date: Thursday, February 7, 1991

Pages available: 15

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Hawarden Independent (Newspaper) - February 7, 1991, Hawarden, Iowa THE flwisftsf Pfefcrwiwy r LJBRARY I mi n JTT MULTIUSE O iLW S3 Background History The threestory brick building was built in 1915 at a cost of It was paid for in 19 19year plan still In Ireton voters approved a bond for a maximum of for construction of the The issue passed by the majority of ONE 191 75 no A bond issue was carried on May 1960 by a percent majority This included a new eightroom elementary building at as well as the new West Sioux High School building in The Ireton building was dedicated in The high school building was dedicated on Labor September in the old Ireton High School only partially is in dangerous It is economically beyond and will surely draw negative comments from the state fire and safety inspectors in the near The cost of insurance is another Replacing the brick building with a more efficient addition to the present classroom building will create a better learning and teaching A singlelevel addition is Explanation of Needs and Solutions Center The library at the Ireton Center is presently located in the rear of a The front half is used for other special services such as AEA consultation and sick Adequate space for both display and storage of books and other reference materials and audiovisual materials is badly A larger area will provide Computers are currently located in the music also used for Talented and Gifted TAG Moving the computers to the library will provide more opportunity for MultiPurpose Area The principals office and reception area will be located in the core of the new Rest rooms equipped for the handicapped and rooms for storage and special services will surround the counseling and AEA4 programs are presently shuffled around and squeezed into whatever space may be These vital services will be given rooms of their own in the new allowing more privacy for students and more efficient teach ing The present kitchen and eating located on the first floor of the brick will be replaced by a large multipurpose dining area with a small serving kitchen adjacent to All meals will be transported to Ireton from a central preparation kitchen at the high school in Hawarden to standardize menus and reduce equipment Art classes will also be held in the multipurpose scheduled early in the day to avoid At this students go outdoors and up a steep flight of cement steps to get to the In the proposed an enclosed hallway containing student locker space will connect the Kindergarten and the state mandate allday the present kindergarten room will be If preschool becomes a part of the the district will be able to provide an area for that Construction cost of these improvements is projected at F1 i 3p fay h V MECH 4 ti ART UBRARV MUSIC La LR fRF n wm WICTC i Hawarden Elementary Center Needs When the present elementary school was constructed in the school board intended to complete the building in the near future to make the facility Over 37 years the building still remains The world of education has changed dramatically during the past 37 years and yet the students and faculty at the Hawarden Elementary Center are still struggling with a facility that was considered incomplete nearly four decades A change is needed now before laws mandate that all facilities be Explanation Of Needs And Solutions In order to make the elementary building additional square feet of more efficient space will be MultiPurpose Room The high traffic activities would all take place in an addition on the east side of the present A large portion of this addition will be the roomy multipurpose Although it will have many possible this room will be used mainly for serving school lunch and as an area for physical education students must leave the building for these wasting valuable A recent study revealed that the time wasted by children putting on and taking off their winter hats and scarves and walking to the lunch room and middle school adds up to nearly seven lost days of potential educational time each year per child Add to that the risk to these children when taking them out into everything from severe cold and wind chills to rain and electrical and this is enough reason to strongly support this The east addition will also house new and vastly improved secretarys and principals a nurses office equipped with bathrooms to accommodate sick a guidance a meeting room for student rest as well as food and other storage Center The west a low traffic will contain a new media a room designed for art and an area for music space will be added for audiovisual storage and small rooms for AEA4 As a the building project will also allow the school to reclaim some of the classrooms that were lost over the years to meet the needs of the art Some of these rooms will be turned back into classrooms to meet the demands of current The reclamation of these rooms will also be very important should the law mandate an allday kindergarten and The current classroom situation could not ac commodate such a The school will truly benefit from the proposed not just in the ways mentioned here but most also in ways to be Its time to complete the intentions the West Sioux Board of nearly 40 years ago by making this facility Not only will increased productivity and morale among the students and teachers be but the change will be a drawing card to attract new students and qualified faculty to the Construction cost of these improvements is projected at 1 1 1 I a i vJBfv y Pu rl jariil U I is West Sioux High School was constructed over a quarter of a century ago to fit the curriculum demands of that The demands of the 21st century have spurred society into a technological Students and their educators today are facing a space age computer society in a Little Red School House learning The West Sioux District has made no building additions or adjustments to compensate for a curriculum that has demands of the next The District must progress to satisfy the needs of their The plan proposes to add an additional square feet Explanation Of Needs And Solutions Center is not adequate space to meet the current and future needs of the high schools media and library New materials are added annually and there is not ade quate space to store or display books and reference Siouxs curriculum has become based on a solid learning Many instructors wish to utilize the library during their class but find a crowded library due to other class research efforts and the overflow from the study is needed for computers in the high school to make them accessible for student The students have computer training but have real difficulty in gaining access to There are only a few computer systems in the due to space the supply does not begin to equal the Study West Sioux students are accelerating courses as quickly as then ability and comprehension will West Sioux also has a student tutor program where stu dents who are having academic difficulty can gain assistance from an accomplished there are no private spaces for them to An expanded library is needed where they can work without distraction study corrals and have research material available to Conference high school is lacking an area where students who have missed a class presentation film or filmstrip can review the material on their own Space is also needed for smallgroup counseling sessions which are so important to peer group psychology Display reference and nonfiction collections run together resulting in confusion for student material Book displays are Display motivates but new materials cannot presently be put on All book shelves are currently full which exceeds standards set by the Commons Area With the expansion of the library a commons area to serve as a study hall and lunch room facility is also The commons area will include a concession stand eliminating the necessity of using the and handicapped equipped rest The commons could also be used for community Kitchen Facilities With the move to a centralized the West Sioux District could standardize food preparation and reduce operating costs to relieve a strained This will eliminate duplication of capital goods purchased and reduce maintenance Construction cost of these improvements is projected at ;