Written by Devon Boen
The Frontier School board met Jan. 7 for its monthly meeting and discussed the Quality Schools Grant and potential plans for the school’s expansion.
The Quality Schools Grant would provide Frontier with $200,000 for improvements or expansion as long as the board agreed to pay $100,000 toward the project and any remaining costs.
The board approved accepting the Quality Schools Grant and also approved the environmental checklist and the environmental site assessment phase I the project required in order to move forward.
The project would definitely add on a new 33’x52’ expansion north of where the school’s library currently sits. It is undetermined exactly what the expansion would be used for, but dean of students Jeffrey Whitmus said several ideas were being considered.
Depending on the cost of the 33’x52’ expansion, the school would possibly be able to add two additional offices. The additional 16x10 offices would sit on the east side of the library expansion.
Whitmus also wanted to have architectural drawings made for a 15’x65’ storage space and PE classroom on the north side of the gym and two 30’x30’ classrooms on the south side of the school. Whitmus said the grant wouldn’t likely cover the storage room or the classrooms, but said it would save money to have the cost determined and the architectural plans made for them along with the library expansion plans. He said those additions could be considered at a later time.
Moving on, the board discussed safety precautions the school would take in wake of the violent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last month. Whitmus said the school would leave the front door unlocked at the request of law enforcement. He said all classrooms will use their one-way door locks so an outside intruder cannot enter any of the rooms, but students and teachers can still exit.
There will be a Blue and White scrimmage on Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.
The board accepted the approval of three out-of-district students. One student was accepted pending verification of the necessary requirements.