By SALLY SEXTON
Aledo ISD trustees met July 22 night to finalize design plans for a more secured high school entrance as well as expansion to the Learning Center.
Lisa Vardeman, with VLK architecture, and a representative with Buford-Thompson Company, presented the board with several options regarding increased security at the high school as well as room for growth at the Learning Center.
Trustees were presented with three options for adding on a wing for expansion at the learning center, opting to go with the design for the first option, a 10,073-square-foot steel frame, at an estimated cost of $2,301.482. Option two was a 9,263-square-foot pre-engineered frame at an estimated cost of $2,007,571, and the third option presented was a 9,294-square-foot frame at a cost of approximately $2,194,127.
Earl Husfeld, chief financial officer for the district, and superintendent Derek Citty said they spoke with school administrators to try and get a feel for which option might be best.
“Concept and facility wise, we can accomplish our growth with any one of these three,” Husfeld said. “But I think options one and three would give the district greater flexibility for future expansion.”
VLK and Buford-Thompson also presented the board with two options regarding high school renovations to the entrance vestibule to help increase security.
The first option, at a cost of $138,483, would add an enclosed storefront to the vestibule connecting the high school and Distance Learning Center, as well as add a security office to one corner of the waiting area of the high school. Option two, at a price tag of approximately $119,375, would have an attendance and security office side by side inside the waiting area while maintaining the existing vestibule.
Trustees unanimously approved the final design selected option one moving forward.
“When we talked with administration and (Aledo High School principal) Dan Peterson, they were pretty square on preferring option one,” Citty said.