School officials are eyeing four projects: a multi-purpose center and gymnasium; new band room; a driveway to the FFA shop; and technology improvements.
"The biggest factor is the gymnasium," Lamar said.
The current gymnasium was built in the 1950s, he said.
"It's the smallest gym in the conference," Lamar said. "We've got three bleachers on each side. We've made it work for several years, but we feel it's time to improve our schools and make it a better place for the kids."
--New band room with community safe room.
Lamer said the existing band room also is original to the building's construction and includes an orchestra pit -- a design not very accommodating to elementary music classes. The new band room will provide better acoustics and technology as well as performance risers.
The new band room also will serve as a community safe room, available to the community in the event of a tornado.
"Currently, we have a safe room in the elementary designed for about 200 students," Lamar said. "We've got about 350 kids, so it will be designed for about 150."
A key will be provided to the local emergency director so he will have access to it.
--FFA shop driveway.
The smallest of the four projects is a concrete driveway and ramp for the FFA shop, expected to be completed for about
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Lamar said school board members envision a technology upgrade to support 21st century learning and provide technology tools to teachers, students and staff. This will include expanding Internet accessibility and upgrading operating systems on all computers.
"Technology is critical for the future needs of every student," Lamer said.
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