My Price County Administrator
Registered: Jan 05, 2012
| Phillips: Elementary School Facility Plan and Referendum
On Wednesday, November 28th at 5:30 p.m., the Phillips Elementary School will hold an hour-long informational meeting, which will answer questions regarding the district's facility plan and the upcoming referendum. The Phillips community is invited. Child supervision will be available during the meeting. You can find more details at the Facebook event page, http://www.facebook.com/events/1075997442600220/
In April of 2018, there was a 12.6 million dollar referendum to replace a portion of the elementary school. Since that referendum failed, the school district has put together two new plans.
The first plan includes rebuilding at the current site for a cost of $9.98 million. The 1958, 1972, and 1987 portions of the school would be demolished while the 1997 portion (which includes the art room, music room, gymnasium, and current 4th and 5th grade classrooms) would remain. The new addition would be two stories, with classrooms on each story, and connected directly next to the 1997 portion of the building. A new parking and drop-off area would be created where the old 1958, 1972, & 1987 building areas once stood once that part of the building is demolished. There would also be a secure main entrance that routes all visitors through the school's office.
The second plan includes moving the elementary school over to the middle and high school complex for a cost of $12.49 million. The 1958, 1972, and 1987 portions of the elementary school would be demolished, and the 1997 portion of the building would serve the school district's early learners. At the middle school and high school complex, the existing classroom space would be utilized for 5th grade, as it was for almost a decade starting when the middle school was built in 1988. A single-story building would be added to the facility with a secure main entrance that routes all elementary visitors through the school's office. The current middle and high school music and art classrooms would be updated and utilized by all students. Making this move would allow the elementary students to have access to the technical education labs, swimming pool, and auditorium. Traffic patterns would be re-routed and additional parking would be created.
The school district is also asking the community if the school district should provide child care by utilizing the 1997 section of the existing elementary school, which would be a fee-based service.
In order to have your voice heard, if you live in the Phillips School District, you should have received a survey in the mail. If you did not receive a survey, you can contact the district office at 715-339-2419, Ext. 2008. The survey must be completed and returned by December 7, 2018. Results of the survey will be reported at a December 17th school board meeting and also available on the district's website at http://www.phillips.k12.wi.us
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[Edited by My Price County Administrator on Nov 28, 2018 at 12:32 AM]