By Beth Cassidy
Two school board members walked a familiar path last week when they selected an architect to come up with a design for a new high school.
It’s the second time in the past three years Barbara Owens and Chad Fuller have voted to hire Walter, Robbs, Callahan and Pierce (WRCP) to design a school. This time, they were joined in that vote by Paul Drechsler, Wendy Horne, Clint Junker, and Carol Livengood.
The lone no vote belonged to Steve Ridenhour, who said one architect had been “excluded” from submitting a response during the formal request for qualifications (RFQ) process.
The next step will be for Superintendent Dr. Darrin Hartness and staff to enter into contract negotiations with the firm, and upon the completion of that, work will begin to review, revise, and update the design WRCP completed in 2009 and 2010, before the contract with them was terminated in January 2010.
The design for a new single high school will include space for a minimum of 1,800 students and a minimum core capacity of 2,000. There will be space for all academics, including the arts, career and technical education ...