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New Classrooms to Finish Before Start of Next Year

The construction of 12 additional classrooms at the back of the school is set to be completed in time for the 2013-2014 school year.

Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg said that the addition of the new rooms will allow for teachers who currently share a classroom to have their own classroom next year.

The administration is currently planning for the new building to have nine language classrooms, two art classrooms and one art lab. Spanish teachers Robyn Hughes, Terri Salsman de Rodriguex, Tiffany Karow, John Allen and Kim Hanley will move into the language classrooms. They will be joined by Latin teacher Krista Greksouk, French teachers Stephanie Luskin and Christophe Barquissau, and a Mandarin teacher, who currently has not been selected.

Classes in the 300 wing will be moved so that the classes in the Math and Social Studies Departments will be closer to the rest of their respective departments. The current classrooms of social studies teachers Derek Miyahara, Sarah Michelet and Todd Wangsness will become math classrooms, while these teachers will move down the 300 wing into the classrooms left by the language teachers. They will also be joined by social studies teachers Pete Bjorklund, Kelly Coble, Seth Donnelly and Stephanie Downey, all of whom currently teach in the portables.

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Next year, portable classrooms will be set aside for the Academy/Homework Club, the Health Science Careers class and a computer lab. The remaining three classrooms will most likely be two English classrooms and one classroom either for testing or meeting purposes.

As of April 16, Kramer Project Development Company Incorporated, the company responsible for the construction, released in an update that the rough framing at the classroom building is complete, while the rough framing at the art building is 95 percent complete. The fire sprinkler installation is 95 percent complete, while the exterior door and window frame installation is 80 percent complete. The stucco application started on April 18. The building insulation is 80 percent complete. The metal roof installation has also started. Although construction is four days behind schedule, the delay will not affect the classrooms’ usage in the next school year.

“Completion of the new classroom project is scheduled for July 17,” Associate Superintendent for Business Services Joe White said.

White said that the cost for the new classroom building will be $9.2 million, which came from the Measure A bond funds that were approved by voters in 2010.

While the administration planned the construction with the increasing size of the school population in mind, it will not hire new teachers at this time.However, Assistant Principal Perla Pasallo said that new teachers may be hired in the future to teach the increasing number of future freshmen in classes such as Survey of Composition and Literature and World History.

“We want [the student-teacher ratio] to stay 20 to 1 as much as possible,” Pasallo said.

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