A presentation was delivered by Bob Sussenbach, an architect from CGLS Architects Inc., the same company that designed the new Cass High School. Sussenbach said the new building is projected to stay below the $2 million assigned budget.
According to CMS Principal Jeff Hogan, the building would be used to expand the current locker rooms for better ventilation and equipment storage as well as provide a large, open space to be used for practice purposes for wrestling, cheerleading, band and music as well as a drama class. A raised stage is included in the design along with a weight room and extra storage spaces.
Several members of the board expressed concern about building the new facility should the total student population increase in the future.
Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse eased the concerns, stating that if an enrollment spike were to be expected then it would be better to build a new school. However, Clouse said the recent additions to the various grade wings will accommodate the students.
Overall, the building is designed to be 10,300 square feet, with the outside to be brick to match the rest of the school.
The board also recognized Chris Waits, Cartersville Middle School Nutrition manager, as the HEARTS employee of the month for December.
During the business session, various finance policies were submitted for approval for the Monday meeting at 6 p.m.
Clouse also discussed a possible calendar change for city schools where the fall break would be shortened by one day and winter break would be shortened by two days to provide a full week off for the Thanksgiving holiday.