DALLAS TWP. – The Dallas School District's board of directors on Monday discussed alternative approaches to updating Dallas Elementary School, which is in need of maintenance and repair.
A water main break at the school earlier in the year prompted a study to determine the state of the building and possible options for rehabilitating it.
Architect Scott Vencil, of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, presented a proposal for incorporating students from the present Dallas Elementary School into the Wycallis Elementary School building. The schools share space on the same campus.
He estimated the cost of the project in the range of $6.5 million to $7.5 million.
The proposal would mean the addition of 16 to 20 classrooms onto the Wycallis building, with adjustments to such common areas as the kitchen, library and cafeteria. It would also mean fifth-grade students would attend the district's middle school.
Middle School Principal Thomas Duffy said it would be possible to incorporate the extra students into the middle school building, but it would be a somewhat tight fit.
Resident Thomas Dombroski questioned the necessity of the project at this time, but Superintendent Frank Galicki indicated nothing is definite.
I want to assure you that this project is at its very beginnings, and we have much to think about, said Galicki. He said the district has a history of being proactive in maintaining quality education for its students.
The board also said that there would be many more meetings on the issue and that it would welcome community input.
In another matter, Catherine Wega, outgoing president of the board, was honored for her service to the district. She continues in her position on the board as a director.
Wega, who also completed a term as president of the West Side Career and Technology Center's Joint Operating Committee, lauded the efforts of local school officials in the face of continuing fiscal challenges.
The next meeting of the Dallas School Board will be on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.