By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Williamsburg Independent Board of Education members unanimously approved the schools’ District Facilities Plan Tuesday during the regular monthly meeting.
Every four years, according to Superintendent Denny Byrd, school systems are required to update their facilities plans.
This was the year for Williamsburg Independent Schools.
According to the Kentucky Department of Education, the planning process takes some time.
School systems must select a local planning committee and an architectural/engineering consultant.
Williamsburg Independent opted for RossTarrant Architects of Lexington. Principal Leonard Bowers, a representative from RossTarrant, was on hand during Wednesday’s meeting.
That company then reviews the facility and analyzes the building’s needs, including providing plan drawings, cost estimates and deficiencies.
Then the local planning committee meets, reviews the current plan in place, and holds a series of meetings and forums to develop the new plan.
A minimum of three local planning committee meetings and public forums are required. An orientation session with the KDE counts as one meeting.
Then, after the draft plan receives its review from the KDE, the other two required meetings should take place — one local planning committee meeting and one public forum.
The KDE approved the school’s draft, according to Byrd. Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, a public local facility planning committee was set for 4 p.m.
A public forum was set for 5:30-6 p.m.
According to the announcement, the meetings were scheduled to be held in Room 214 at the school.
The meetings actually were down the hall in Room 220.
The one-page plan synopsis lists capital construction priorities for the school system.
According to the plan, there are just over $5.7 million in construction priorities for WIS.
This includes several projects, including security upgrades, parking lot and site improvements, playground relocation for student safety, roof replacement, new exterior doors and hardware, new acoustical ceiling tile and grid, new auditorium carpet, new cafeteria flooring, restroom renovations and Americans with Disability Act upgrades, bleacher replacement and upgraded gym equipment, plumbing system and fixture upgrades, an expansion of the fire protection system, an upgrade to the HVAC system and controls, an upgrade to the power distribution, electric, lighting and technology, a closed caption television security camera system, as well as ADA upgrades to the fire alarm system.
Construction projects include an addition to the cafeteria and to the kitchen.
Other construction projects include the addition of a sprinkler system and fire service, as well as a CCTV security system and a fire alarm system.
The plan states the “district need” totals more than $6.86 million.
There are some discretionary projects listed as well, including an auxiliary gym and the replacement of the home side bleachers at the stadium and provide new bleachers for the visitors’ side.
On Byrd’s recommendation, Board member Kim Williams motioned to approve the plan, with a second from Board member Roger Faulkner.