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  • Focus Groups Convene to Discuss Building Projects

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 3/1/2023

    New years bring about new beginnings, specifically the opportunity for focus groups to begin discussing and planning the educational projects of the bond. Over a period of four days, eight groups were brought together for these kick-off meetings.


    Staff described a need for flexibility, storage, and the ability to teach life experiences. The ability to maximize student opportunities within the square footage will require careful consideration.


    The flow of patrons and efficiency of the workflow will be the two main focus areas regarding the front high school office area.


    Groups of staff from each building met to discuss potential pilot projects. Repurposing computer labs could provide further student opportunities and was a discussion had by both schools.

    GROUP 4 - CTE/AG

    In the MS industrial technology classroom, a primary need focuses on separating various projects occurring throughout the year. Sawdust and computers do not work well together long-term. A desire for additional square footage was also brought forward. High school CTE/Ag groups discussed shop layouts in correlation to classroom project needs and equipment functions.


    Flexible spaces with mobile storage capabilities were areas of discussion in the science and FACS classrooms. In these classes, having workstations that are conducive to a variety of projects is important as units change frequently.

    Input received from these focus groups will be used to help develop conceptual designs into schematic designs. From general ideas to floor plans, these ideas will begin to formulate as SitelogIQ architects and engineers work to bring ideas to realization. In the coming weeks, preliminary plans and/or plan options will be brought back to these focus groups for initial thoughts and feedback.

    These educational projects are scheduled to be completed in the spring and summer of 2024. Mechanical projects will occur this summer, along with the MS stem room.

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Character Pillars

  • In the early 1990s a group of local school representatives, parents, community members, and ministers met to determine a common set of acceptable character traits that could be taught in our schools and that would coincide with the beliefs of our two communities. The result of this effort was the identification of six Character Pillars. Almost 20 years later, these six, excellent Pillars still provide the basis for character education in our school district.

    • RESPECT: Showing genuine concern for yourself, others and the world around you.
    • RESPONSIBILITY: Being accountable for your actions and accepting the consequences of those actions.
    • RESILIENCY: Rebounding from significant stresses with a positive attitude and sense of balance.
    • INTEGRITY: Reflecting trustworthiness, honesty, and self-discipline.
    • COMPASSION: Willing to share and give aid or support to all people; caring.
    • UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY: Realizing that everyone is unique and that all have their strengths and limitations.

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