Construction and renovation were the talk of the Washington Community High School board meeting on Nov. 15.



With the passing of the new referendum and the inevitable construction soon to follow, parking will become an issue for both the students and faculty of Washington High School.


Construction and renovation were the talk of the Washington Community High School board meeting on Nov. 15.

With the passing of the new referendum and the inevitable construction soon to follow, parking will become an issue for both the students and faculty of Washington High School.

 “We definitely are in line for some significant parking issues without additional parking. We are going to lose a lot of parking in the back parking lot with the renovation and addition, and we were aware of that, but we obviously have to have places for people to park,” Superintendent Dr. James Dunnan said.

One option presented to the board was moving the staff member parking from the back lot to Jefferson and move the students from Jefferson to the Wilmor lot.  A new parking lot will possibly be made in place of the tennis courts.

Washington Community High School would ideally enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Washington Park District.

“We are looking at a shared venture, quite frankly, with the park district in terms of it being a win-win situation,” Dunnan said.  “We would have an opportunity to enhance the number of courts and the quality of courts over at Lincoln Park and also enhance the opportunities for our boys and girl’s tennis teams.  As you know here, our tennis courts, they’re adequate, but they’re certainly not in the greatest shape.”

The Park District, in the agreement, would build three courts over at Lincoln Park, covered financially by the school district.  The Park District, in return, would do renovations on their current courts.

“We would end up with what would be six real quality courts over at the Park District for our tennis teams both in the fall and in the spring to compete on,” Dunnan said.  “The other subsequent advantage of that is it would allow us to build an additional parking lot, basically, that would connect with our current lot over on Wilmor.”

BLDD Architects estimated the projected cost of three new tennis courts at $78,566. This would include $45,000 for pavement, as well as $18,056 for fencing, among other expenses.

The cost of demolishing the existing courts and constructing a new gravel lot is projected at $130, 021.

While the numbers are rough estimates, they do not include fees for such items as civil and architectural design. The projected cost would decrease once the construction and renovation is lumped into a larger project.

In other news, the board:

• heard an update from Brian Faulkner and Damien Schlitt regarding the final payouts of the Health/Life Safety project.  The project is on track to finish by the end of the year.

• heard an update from Lorelei Cox regarding the current state of the special education program at Washington Community High School.  The program will soon receive $121,000 of stimulus money that will allow the addition of new technology to help in the education of the students.

• heard an update on the status of the library from Sandy Walles for the current school year.  The library’s Readapalooza Summer Reading Program was recently chosen for the 2010 ISLMA/Highsmith Award, presenting two examples of great school librarianship at work.

• learned that high school enrollment is 1,205, as of the end of October.

• approved the employment of Amy Jackson as a part-time secretary and Heather Engler as the assistant boy’s tennis coach.

• approved the resignation of student supervisor Michelle Miranda.