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Bond issue vastly updates district facilities

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 After countless hours of planning, passing, and voting, the district bond issue officially commenced. The bond issue consists of countless plans to improve buildings, technology, sports fields/complexes, and overall learning environment for students.

“We’ll be starting on the expansion of our building at the end of the school year, and we will have the baseball and softball fields done for this upcoming season if the weather is cooperative” Principal Cheryl Hochhalter said.

The time span for the project is about three and a half years, and upgrades will be slowly phased in. This first year’s objective includes extensive planning, but also some exciting advancements for our school specifically. Currently, the softball and baseball fields are receiving turf, and should be ready for the spring 2018 season. The goal of completing the turf in a few short winter months is zealous but do-able.

“It all depends on weather, if we get weather that delays us a few months then we may be set back, but I believe with a decent weather forecast we will be okay” Hochhalter said.

After the turf and elementary additions/renovations finish, a new tennis complex will be built along with the new Meadowlark Elementary. Summer 2018 encompasses plans for a complete restoration of numerous schools roofs and HVAC unit replacement. This next year stirs up uttermost excitement for students and administrators.

“I am probably most excited about getting to meet with the architects again and finalize the additions to this building and our athletic and activity facilities. We are still kind of in that infancy stage of figuring out what it’s going to look like, but once we get a final blueprint it will be very exciting to see the construction begin.” Assistant Principal Brian Gregoire said.

Unfortunately many seniors and juniors won’t have the chance to experience the district remodel, but freshman and sophomores have several exciting opportunities at bay.

“I’ve gotten to hear all about what is going to happen during our Superintendent Advisory Council meetings, and I’m really excited to see all of actually happen. I think the most exciting things will be the turf on the fields and the Career and Professional studies center” sophomore Trey Degarmo said.

The later years of the Bond include plans for a complete remodel of Andover High school, District Stadium renovations, Andover Middle School and Andover Central Middle School renovations, a brand new Andover Central High School athletic complex, a Career and Professional Studies building, a new Meadowlark Elementary School, and a new district office. Not only is the bond creating numerous new buildings and updates, it is also creating a more efficient district, cutting costs and the use of resources.                                                          

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