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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:09 am    Post subject: Gathering information about the ORHS proposal Reply with quote

There's much to learn before August 5.

One opportunity is the school board work session Tuesday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the library of Oak Ridge High School. It is scheduled to include several presentations on plans for rebuilding the high school.

According to the Oak Ridger:
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The agenda will include a presentation report by Sue Robertson on educational programming; David Matlock and Keith Craft of Barge, Wagoner, Sumner and Cannon will present the site characterization study report and Tim Lawrence from Professional Engineers will present the geotechnical aspects of the ORHS project; and Dale Randels and Tim Myrick will hold a discussion on the plan regarding criteria for identifying architects/builders, setting up committee members, etc.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another opportunity to learn about the high school proposal, thanks to the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge. This information is from the LWV's e-mail announcement:
    The financial details of the proposed sales tax increase to support renovation of Oak Ridge High School will be the first topic of discussion at a public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge on Tuesday, June 22. Steve Jenkins, Deputy City Manager of the City of Oak Ridge, will be the featured speaker. Mr. Jenkins will make a formal presentation of the proposed financing, followed by a question and comment session with the public. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the social hall of the Unitarian Church, 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike, and end at 12:30 p.m.

    Immediately thereafter, a public forum reviewing the pros and cons of the proposed charter changes will take place at the same location, with featured speakers Jean Keil and Ann Arnold. Questions and comments from the public will be taken after the formal presentations. The review of the proposed charter changes will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 1:15 p.m.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today's Oak Ridger reports on another opportunity to learn about the high school project.

At 6 pm, Tuesday, July 20, the Oak Ridge Kiwanis is sponsoring a public tour of the school, led by Principal Ken Green. Smile

Meet in the high school lobby at 6.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having missed earlier tours of the high school (but having seen much of the building on previous visits), I finally managed to attend today's tour. As I have noted in my position statements on this issue, it is clear that the school facility needs major work. I now have seen additional evidence to support this conclusion.

I believe it is better to do the proposed comprehensive overhaul of the entire facility, instead of piecemeal repair and partial replacement of the existing structures. A new facility design could enhance the school's educational program and save on operating costs, as well as making the school more attractive to new residents. However, as discussed in my position statement, the project as proposed will cost more than we can really afford, and the school board and City Council will need to look carefully for possible cost savings.
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