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School Citizens Committee Hears Building Issues
The Peshtigo Middle-High School Citizens Building Committee at a meeting Wednesday, July 19 received an update on a facilities study from Miron Construction and Somerville, Inc.
The middle/high school assessment yielded issues with the building and facilities including: insufficient parking during events; concerns with pedestrian safety crossing Green St.; narrow corridors; security concerns with site entry; lack of common spaces including a cafeteria or auditorium; lack of natural light; restrooms and locker rooms that do not meet current standards.
Two positives pointed out regarding the facilities included an exterior and building structure that was in "decent shape" and well-maintained, along with new roofing replaced in 2015. HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems need to be replaced, however.
Somerville and Miron have also had discussions with school administration, which brought out some new concerns and found shared themes.
Superintendent Kim Eparvier, Technology Director Jim Meyer, Middle/High School Principal Chad Sodini, Middle/High School Associate Principal and Athletic Director Bill Wickman and Director of Buildings and Grounds Brian Williams have all been consulted.
Somerville Education Studio Leader and Project Manager Melanie Parma said the team will also look to talk to students and teachers about the project to gauge their thoughts and feedback.
"That's all part of the process," she said. "We won't stop the process and wait for them but we'll be able to be nimble enough to adjust to their comments."
The next meeting of the committee will be on Aug. 14, with agenda items including facility assessment updates, staff discussion recaps, discussing space utilization, benefits of natural light and prioritizing needs, along with updating the committee on the survey process.