The Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 18 voted to move Albion students to Cottonwood Heights Elementary School next school year while the building undergoes extensive renovations, contingent on needs of Midvale Elementary. Mike Sirois, Executive Director of K-16 Student Achievement, Middle Schools, said Albion students, faculty and staff overwhelming voted to support moving to Cottonwood Heights during construction. Costs of moving students or having them stay put during construction is around $3 million regardless of where the students go, considering busing, portables, and building preparations. Delaying construction a few years until Butler Middle opened up would save some money, and cost about $1.8 million. Another community meeting to offer input on the building plans will be scheduled shortly.
The Board of Education on Jan. 11, 2011 received updates from architects on the development of this project.
FFKR Architects’ proposal includes adjusting office and science lab space, band and chorus location, more natural light and adding a commons area. The current proposal does not include replacing the kiva with an auditorium due to costs and the fact that ninth-graders will move into high schools in 2013, which will allow more students to use performing arts facilities in the high schools. The project is anticipated to take approximately 15 months. Relocating students during construction would save construction costs, boost student safety, and improve the quality of work. The Board discussed several options for student housing during construction. Board discussion will continue next week.