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School Board looks at plan for High School renovation

Plans for the renovation of Mason City High School are being drawn up and worked out at this time. School officials took a look at one rough draft of a proposed plan Tuesday night at a school board meeting.|Mason City school officials have started looking at plans for the renovation of Mason City High School.

The multi-million dollar renovation won’t get underway for months, but plans need to be ready “so we can look at some costings and that kind of stuff” said School Superintendent Anita Micich.

A “draft of what might occur” was presented to the school board Tuesday night at their meeting by High School Principal T.J. Jumper.

Jumper has been in talks with architects on how best to renovate the two-story section of the High School. “We need to improve the learning environment,” he said.

Among the “big changes” could be taking out the inner classrooms on the first floor and replacing with an “IC.” Bigger windows would be installed around much of the building.

Also, according to this plan, on the first floor would be a commons area for larger instructional needs or larger classes. Right now, some classrooms are too small, Jumper said. “This would help us improve instruction.”

On the second floor, three large skylights would be added.

Also in the plan was the addition of an elevator, and any plan would be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

Watch discussion of the High School renovation and the first draft the school board looked at:


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