As many are aware, Antlers Public Schools will be having a bond election on September 10, 2019. The decision to call for the election by the school board and the administration was not a decision that was taken lightly or without a lot of thought. This will be the first in a series of articles leading up to the election to explain why the call for the election was necessary. We hope that voters will find them informative and that they will be able to cast their votes based on the needs of the district and what is best for the students of the Antlers Public Schools
The long range plan that is detailed in the following paragraphs was developed by the long range planning committee. This plan accomplishes the goals of the long range planning committee of looking 25-50 years into the future for Antlers Public Schools. The order of projects could change according to needs. The committee will continue to meet periodically to review this plan and the school’s facilities. Additional phases will be required in the future to keep the facilities up to current educational standards.
The long range planning committee of the Antlers Public Schools consisted of local business leaders, faculty, parents and administration. The committee met on January 30, 2019 to begin discussion regarding the condition of the school’s facilities. The committee decided to meet again on February 20, 2019 and to conduct a walk though of the main classroom buildings (Antlers Elementary, Obuch Middle School, and Antlers High School). Committee members made recommendations based on the highest priority for upkeep or replacement of the facilities.
The committee developed a long range plan to address the needs of the Antlers Public Schools regarding the facilities. The plan is designed to provide guidance for the replacement and maintenance of the school facilities. This plan will be implemented in 3 separate phases as financing is available. The bond election on September 10, 2019 will accomplish the first phase of the long range plan.
The committee recommended the construction of a new modern middle school, including a safe room, on the east side of the high school cafeteria (current tennis courts) to replace the current middle school along with the construction of new elementary cafeteria on the east side of the current elementary (between the Aletha Burrage building and the Vegher Building) to replace the current middle school cafeteria and demolition of current middle school and middle school cafeteria.
The second phase of the facilities plan would be for the replacement of the current Vegher Building and Pre-K/Kindergarten Building. It would consist of constructing a Pre-K/Kindergarten center, elementary library and additional elementary classrooms on the site of the current Obuch Middle School Building, construction of Tech Ed classroom at the high school/ middle school campus and the demolition of the Vegher building to create a new student pickup and drop off point for the elementary.
The third phase of the facilities plan would be to completely remodel the interior of the current Antlers High School, construction of a new Vocational Agriculture building, completely remodel the Bobby Harris Gymnasium and to do renovations at the football field, baseball field and softball field. Maintenance will need to continue at each of these facilities in order for us to get to this point. Also, some of these projects could be pushed up depending on the costs of Phase 1 and Phase 2 construction.
The Antlers Public Schools will be hosting on open house on August 20, 2019 and on September 3, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM so that patrons of the district can tour the current Obuch Middle School. Interested parties should meet at the middle school those evenings. We invite everyone to please come in order to be more informed about your voting decision.