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Improvement continued, from page 1 .... ; the evolving demographics in the: Ciipe Region. The task force also sidered increased use of facili- ties by the community at large when it devised the plan. The plan also provides options for expanding educational oppor- tunities, such as through develop- ing a partnership between the high school and higher education institutions, developing a charter school or creating an alternative school-for disruptive students. The concept of the middle school building project is sketched out as two identical b,:ildings, both we.t.of Route 9 and located to easily serve :stu- dents from each of the communi- ties, without any students having to travel too far or for too tong. Although a pricey proposition, task force members' research in- dicated that renovating buildings would cost approximately 80 per- cent of new construction and . would fail shbi:t of meeting the middle school Concept environ- ment. "We are making our pro- grams fit the buildings instead of doing what our kids really need," said Greg Weer, supervisor of transportation, buildings and" grounds. With new construction, the buildings would be designed to enhance the middle school con- cept, which is based largely on a team-teaching approach. The buildings could, for example, be designed with pods instead of tra- ditional classrooms. A new mid- dle school to replace the Lewes building would free space that could be used for the elementary and consortium programs. Plans for what to do with the Milton facility are not clear-cut. Board members discussed options such as using the school for an al- ternative school or a charter school. Board members also mentioned the possibility of selling the build- ing after the new middle school was built. "If on a fast track and every- thing went right, we'd be able to occupy a middle school within four years [from the time the pub- lic grants approval]," said Bran- denberger. The second phase would pri- marily concentrate on changes to the high school, including ex- panding access to the media cen- ter. The third phase calls for build- ing new elementary schools in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. It also provides for moving the con- sortium to the Shields site in Lewes and finding another use for the current consortium facility. No estimated cost is available" for the second and third phases. Other task force recommenda- tions included planning to include pre-K and offer all-day kinder- garten classes, installing air con- ditioning in each building, mak- ing each Cafeteria large enough to accommodate three .sittings, and ensuring auditoriums are spacious enough so that the entire student body in a building may be seated at once. The recommendation further noted that every facility should meet Americans With Disabilities Act guidelines, technology should remain current, more storage should be made available and wellness centers should be consid- ered s appropriate. "It sets up a great configuration, based on educational needs," said June Turansky, board vice presi- dent. "Everybody in the entire community is going to get some- thing out of this. A well-educated community with a great K-12 edu- cation is the best asset a communi- ty ever has." Turansky said she believes the new plan will help employers and businesses, particularly. "They want services from the children who are going to graduate from our .high school." In addition to providing facili- ties that are better able to meet # current learning practices, if the community votes to support the plan, the district will be able to of- fer more services to the communi- ty. For example, by changing placement of media centers and extending the hours they are open, the public could gain access to computers and other informational resources. "I think this is ambitious," said Superintendent Suellen Skeen. "It is a tremendous amount of burden on everyone." Skeen said that in her experi- ence, such huge construction pro- jects can be very draining on school personnel, boards and com- munity members, but the end re- ward makes the process Worth- while. "I really think this is a turning point for the school district," said Turansky. "It is a legacy that this board leaves to the community," said Skeen. Richard Appleby, D,O. in Osteopathic Manipulative Glass C00ers .Studio 1 CUSTOM DESIGNED WXlVDOIirS [ LtV. 644-1115---------- IL  1002 Kings Highway, Lewes (Next to Morris Shoes) [ ntion Former Rehoboth High School Students It's not too late to make your reservation for the Rehoboth High School Reunion. 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