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Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District officials focus on high school projects

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Since the bond issue passed in November, Windsor-Severance Re-4 School district officials have focused most of their efforts on planning the remodel of Windsor High School and the construction of High School No. 2.

High School No. 2 — the working name for the district's planned high school in Severance — remains firmly in the planning phase with member's of the district's Design Advisory Committee focused on conceptual drawings for the building, Superintendent Dan Seegmiller said.

Some preliminary site work to prepare the Severance site has started. But most of the work on the new school remains focused on designing elements of the building's layout and purpose, he said.

High School No.2 is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

“They’re getting closer and closer to finalizing designs for the new innovation center. We’ve got a group of our career technical teachers evaluating what an innovative approach to their classes looks like.” Dan SeegmillerSuperintendent

At Windsor High School visible work should begin this year.

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In November school district voters approved a $104.8 million bond measure to pay for construction of a second high school, significant improvements to Windsor High School and smaller improvements to the district's elementary and middle schools.

Demolition of the Windsor High School's fireside building — which houses the cafeteria — is scheduled to begin this summer. The school's new innovation center will take its place and house career technical classrooms and facilities in addition to a new cafeteria.

"They're getting closer and closer to finalizing designs for the new innovation center," Seegmiller said. "We've got a group of our career technical teachers evaluating what an innovative approach to their classes looks like."

That Demolition work starts in May and will kick off a series of projects at the high school slated to take place over the next two years, he said.

As work crews begin remolding classrooms, in batches of six to eight at a time, students will cycle though temporary, modular classrooms over the next couple years, Seegmiller said.

The goal is to create classrooms with collaborative spaces for students, upgrade lighting elements and expanding some exterior windows.

"The high school just has some very narrow slots for windows on the old building so we are going to open them up and get some natural light into the building," he said.

The work on Windsor high school will also include resurfacing the school's track, building a temporary parking, adding security features, fixing up the school's auditorium and building a greenhouse.

Some of those projects, such as the new greenhouse, should finish this year. However most work will wrap up about fall 2019, he said.

"We're excited to see things take place this quickly," Seegmiller said. "And that's really due to so much advance planning by various groups with staff and community members involved over the past few years."

High School No. 2 principal

Monday night Windsor-Severance Re-4 School Board members approved hiring Chris Garcia as the principal of High School No. 2 — the working name for the district’s planned high school in Severance.

Garcia will formally start next fiscal year, said Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Stephanie Watson. The school board will consider the budget for the next fiscal year in June.

The mill levy override approved by voters in November included operating costs for the new high school, such as the principal.

Garcia was hired with an annual salary set at $125,000, said Director of business and employee services Nikki Schmidt.

Looking at how early a principal has to have course descriptions and student handbooks ready, it made sense to get someone hired with enough time to get that work done thoroughly, said Superintendent Dan Seegmiller.

Getting academics, athletics and after-school activities ready for a new high school will take a tremendous amount of work, he said. It’s starting to become normal for school administrators to start before new schools open in order to work on those things.

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Windsor-Severance Re-4 School Bond

In November Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District voters passed 3B and 3C, authorizing a $104.8 million bond and $3.6 million mill levy override to fund improvements for all of the district’s schools.

Bond projects include an investment of nearly $30 million in Windsor High School, $55.7 million in a new 800-student high school in Severance and $12.5 million in the district’s elementary and middle schools and operational buildings, according to information from the school district.

The mill levy override will fund operating costs of a new high school, operating costs relating to facility improvements at Windsor Charter Academy, and expanding and improving student access to technology in every district school, according to information from the school district.

To learn more go to http://www.weldre4.org/bond.