Streetsboro -- The new school buildings in Streetsboro will be expandable so they can accommodate future enrollment growth, according to architect Michael DiMaio of FMD Architects, which is handling the school expansion project.
"We are at 700 [students now planned for the new high school], and it is easily expandable to several hundred more if we had to," DiMaio said.
There are about 600 students at the school now, said Streetsboro High School Principal James Hogue.
"One of the things in the overall master plan that is kept clearly in mind is how the existing middle school can be an opportunity for picking up some of the growth in the district," DiMaio said. "Also, each of the buildings are designed so they can be extended further, and more classrooms can be added on in the future."
Architect Thomas Fernandez, principal of SFA Architects which is handling the site plan for the new high school, talked about the contemporary design of the buildings and how they "reach out to you."
"You will drive past this building and know it is Streetsboro High School," he said. "It will have a very clear identity."
Fernandez said it is important that the front entrance of the school can be easily identified.
He said there will be a courtyard in the center area of the high school that connects to the cafeteria. The auditorium will have about 800 seats, while the stage area and music room will be opened up to create one large space. The library will be a multi-purpose room and will be designed to be the center of all the educational activities throughout the school, he said.
Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said there is going to be a kitchen within the life skills area of the multi-disabilities classroom setting.
"It is very important to teach life skills to our students," he said. "They have some challenges. [It will include] life skills such as cooking, laundry, cleaning and hygiene. Those are included in that life skills area. That sink, stove, refrigerator and microwave will be included in that room."
There will be more parking at the new high school than there is at the current one, said DiMaio, adding the majority of parking spaces will be in back of the high school so they can also be used at the stadium.
No specific numbers were given, but Daulbaugh said there is not enough parking at the current high school. Currently, the high school has 171 parking spots.
DiMaio said the number of parking spaces at the new high school hasn't been set.
"It is too preliminary," DiMaio said. "We are in the process of studying that as it relates to event parking and student parking."
Daulbaugh said it is "safe to assume we're going to create adequate parking for events and school activities."
Only about one-third of the Campus Elementary School parking lot near the high school is used on a daily basis, he added.
"So we have high school students parking [there]," said Daulbaugh, adding two private school buses pick up and drop off students there. "We are actually very fortunate that is such a large space."
Daulbaugh said residents will continue to get opportunities to share their design ideas.
"We plan to have regular community meetings such as this one [on Aug. 4] where we are going to present design concepts and design ideas, and give people an opportunity to say what they like and don't like and give input that may affect change, as well," he said.
A new high school and stadium are planned on Route 14 across from Deer Meadow Boulevard. A groundbreaking is tentatively set for spring of 2015, and an opening at the new high school is planned for December 2016. At the Route 303 school campus, the current high school will be renovated to accommodate grades six through eight, and an addition will be built at Campus Elementary School, following the approval of a bond issue in November. The current middle school and Wait Primary School will eventually be closed. Henry Defer Intermediate School will not be renovated, but will only serve fourth- and fifth-graders, according to the district's plans.
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