The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board now has five options to consider for increasing space at the Kenmore West High School library.
A report was presented to the board Tuesday by Duchscherer Oberst Design. One option would renovate the existing library, while the other four call for a new library-media center elsewhere in the building. Three of those new locations address the library's needs, and the fourth addresses both the need for a library and the district's concerns over inadequacies in the school gymnasium.
Joseph L. Kopec, an architect and vice president of Duchscherer Oberst, said the first option proposes a $3 million renovation to the existing third-floor library that would absorb the adjacent corridor and additional space now used for study halls. This option would include construction of a separate addition of eight new classrooms to replace those taken over on the third floor.
A second option, estimated at $5 million, involves reconfiguration of the existing cafeteria and kitchen into a new library-media center. A new addition would be built to house the cafeteria and associated spaces, and the existing library would become four new classrooms.
Options 3 and 4 would construct a $3.5 million addition for the library on the west side of the building adjacent to the auditorium, or an $8.5 million library addition that includes the cost of a new gym-field house complex adjacent to the east side of the building. Both options would also convert the existing library into four classrooms.
The most expensive option, at an estimated $11.5 million, would involve conversion of the existing gymnasium and portions of the locker rooms into a new library-media facility, creating a mezzanine area for the required space. It would mean construction of a new gym, locker room and showers, as well as conversion of the current library into four classrooms.
Previous studies have determined the 3,800-square-foot library needs about 15,500 square feet of space to accommodate new technology. Superintendent Robert B. McClure said the gymnasium is also undersized and better suited to a middle school population.
He said administrators expect to recommend one of the options to the board by the November meeting.
Duchscherer Oberst, which analyzed the options, is the firm responsible for design of the district's $8 million capital improvement program. Construction on that program, approved by voters earlier this year, is scheduled to begin next spring.
In other business, the board named Sandra Allen, elementary program supervisor at Thomas Edison Elementary School, as the new principal at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, effective Oct. 28, with a salary of $83,484.
Mrs. Allen, who was also a teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School, replaces Lloyd E. Northey, who retired after five years as principal. She was one of three finalists for the post.
The board also:
Heard a report from Elsie J. Jepson, director of pupil services, research and program evaluation, that the district dropout rate for students in grades 9-12 is 1.1 percent, down from 3.2 percent last year. That represents 31 out of approximately 2,800 students. She said the difference was largely due to employment of a social worker who worked exclusively with at-risk students.
Miss Jepson also reported an official student enrollment of 9,246, compared to 9,178 last year.
Accepted an annual audit report from Fiddler and Co., following a discussion on the need for standards in the handling of extra-classroom activity funds. The report recommends that all principals be informed of the proper procedures.
Received a damage report on district buildings as the result of area flooding last month. The total was $20,000, almost half of which occurred at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. The school experienced an electrical short and minor fire as a result of three feet of water in the boiler room and basement.