District seeks input on school building conditions
FARMINGTON — Community members who attend a meeting on Wednesday will have a chance to give input on the condition of Farmington Municipal School District facilities.
The meeting on the district's facility master plan will allow parents and the public a look at the short-term and long-term planning process for repairing, upgrading and possibly replacing school facilities.
Ted Lasiewicz, the district's director of operations, said an eight-member committee has spent six months analyzing and prioritizing about $100 million in possible projects it deemed most critical.
Information gathered at Wednesday's meeting will help update the district’s current 2014-2019 facility master plan. It will also help district officials prepare for a proposed $26 million bond election early next year.
"We’re looking for community input on those items we’ve identified as being the most (in need)," Lasiewicz said.
Lasiewicz said the meeting gives parents and students an opportunity to share their perspectives on district schools and facilities and identify areas of concern.
Projects proposed by the committee include improvements like replacing old carpets, repairing roofs, fixing or replacing heating and air conditioning units and replacing outdated playground equipment at elementary schools.
One of the items scheduled to be discussed is the proposed renovation of McCormick Elementary School, which the district has been planning since last year.
The $22.5 million project to renovate the nearly 66-year-old school was placed on hold last summer after the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority removed it from a list of projects for possible state funding.
Members of the PSFA told district officials that after touring the school in May 2015, they determined it was in better condition than they anticipated.
A discussion about the preliminary design for McCormick Elementary's renovation is also scheduled to take place during the district’s Board of Education work session Thursday afternoon.
Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.
If you go
What: Farmington Municipal School District Facility Master Plan community meeting
When: 4 p.m. Wednesday
Where: District's central administration office, 2001 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington