Sheldon’s KIDS (Keep Improving District Schools) Committee has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to inform Sheldon Community School District voters on the details of the proposed addition and remodeling project that will be voted on in early February.
The meetings will begin with a 6:30 pm meeting Monday, January 21st at the Ashton Library. Additional meetings will be held Thursday January 24th at 6:30 pm in the Archer Community Building, Monday January 28th at 7:00 pm in the Sheldon High School Library, along with a pair of meetings on Saturday February 2nd, at 9:30 am in the Matlock Fire Hall, and at 10:30 am in the Sheldon Community Services Center.
At the Sheldon School Board meeting earlier this week, Superintendent Robin Spears gave the Board additional details on the proposed project. He said that the project would include asbestos removal from the existing section of the facility, as well as a multi-purpose room/gymnasium that would act as the school’s tornado shelter, and would be constructed with reinforced pre-cast concrete. He said the room, as well as it’s doors, would be able to withstand winds of at least 200 mph. The project would also include a complete HVAC update for the entire building, as well as additional classroom space, an expansion of the Media Center, expanded space for the vocal music program, and accessible restrooms for students and adults.
As for building security at the remodeled facility, Spears says there will be a security camera network, and that the south door to the building would be unlocked only during the time that buses are unloading. All other times of the day, access would be limited to the new main entrance, which will require a visitor to pass the school’s office, and would include a buzz-in system. He also said that each classroom door would be able to be locked from the inside, to enhance security.
As you’ll recall, the subject of an addition to the elementary building came up several months ago to address concerns of inadequate space in the current facility.
Voters in the Sheldon Community School District, which includes the communities of Archer, Ashton, Matlock and Sheldon, will go to the polls to decide the fate of the proposal on Tuesday, February 5th, when the polls will be open from noon until 8:00 pm. Spears says that patrons in the District will be receiving an informational mailing to help them understand the need for, and the scope of, the proposed project.
An architect’s drawing of the proposed facility is shown below.