The Columbia Board of Education will hear a presentation about the design for the new middle school during its 5 p.m. meeting and the school district will host an open house at 5:30 p.m. to solicit the public’s feedback on the design.
Plans for a new middle school in south Columbia will advance on Monday.
The Columbia Board of Education will hear a presentation about the design for the new middle school during its 5 p.m. meeting and the school district will host an open house at 5:30 p.m. to solicit the public’s feedback on the design, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said in an email.
Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said the design community members will see Monday takes into account the numerous after-school activities and meetings that happen in a school building.
“One of the things we learned when we designed the elementary schools was to try to complete a school that was open to the public and at the same time not fully open,” he said.
Through the building’s design, people attending a basketball game or parent meeting after school hours or on weekends will have access to the areas they need and restrooms but not the entire school building.
Stiepleman said it’s important for the design to reflect that the school is the public’s building. A design committee has received input from employees and board members. Monday will be an opportunity for the committee to incorporate public feedback into the design.
“We’ve been working with mostly our end users: teachers, principals and directors and cafeteria staff, custodial — anyone who will be touching the building as an employee,” Stiepleman said.
The district’s architect will be available to answer questions and there will be two stations set up with design renderings and information for community members to review. After Monday’s open house, the school district will incorporate feedback it receives…