On the Beat in Bluffton

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

B-H board looks at elementary school growth options

An additional 134 students attend the Bluffton-Harrison Elementary School this year compared to its 2008 enrollment, Superintendent Wayne Barker said during the school board’s Monday meeting.

But he introduced school board members to a proposed — and hypothetical — remodeled and expanded school that could accommodate the increase and help maintain the average teacher-student ratio at about its current levels.

“All this does is meet the needs we have and will continue to have,” he said during the presentation Monday, which he created after he and board members toured the elementary school earlier.

Barker told board members that he has not met with any architects and contractors; he doesn’t even know if the tentative floor plan he introduced Monday would cooperate with the building’s infrastructure, such as its ductwork.

But if it did, it would add 11 more classrooms, he said, including two more kindergarten classrooms for a total of eight, two more first-grade classrooms for a total of seven, and one more each in the second and third grades, for a total of seven and six rooms respectively.

Click on the illustrations to see the current layout and the layout Barker and board members reviewed Monday. Learn more in the Tuesday, Dec. 3, News-Banner.

Current layout

Hypothetical layout

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