Smith construction project with photos and artist renderings of the improved school

| February 9, 2018

Smith - construction 2-2018 roomsWEBSignificant progress is being made in the Smith Middle School construction project, with practically no disruption to the school day or any other issues. A new wing of classrooms and educational space is going up where there used to be trailers at the rear of the school. The addition is on the right in the photo, while the existing school is visible on the left.

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The new wing includes four classrooms, a computer lab, one large group instruction (LGI) room similar to the LGI at the high school, and one small group instruction room.

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While construction is currently underway, a significant portion of the construction will take place during the summer of 2018.  The completion date for the project is late fall 2018.

This photo shows Smith Middle School Principal David Beard (left), Principal Paul Gladfelter (right), and a member of the construction crew (center) reviewing plans in one of the new, under-construction classrooms.

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For nearly a decade, the Solanco School District has been planning a project to address the safety and security needs as well as programmatic improvements. This included a full demographic study to analyze enrollment trends and potential population changes in the district.  This project represents a scaled-down, smaller plan compared to the original plan.  Solanco believes this project meets critical needs in a much more economical fashion.

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The project also includes construction of an auditorium next to the existing gymnasium.  This auditorium will provide a space for student performances and parent/community/instructional programs and represents an investment in the arts.

The work will also renovate the school entrance and office area to improve security features. Visitors will have to pass through a secure entrance and the office before being allowed into the instructional area of the school.

Visit the Solanco website for artist renderings that show what what the improved school will look like when the project is completed later this year.

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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