School board hears presentation on dome building

Monday, July 24, 2006

GREEN FOREST -- A presentation on the advantages of using a monolithic dome to house the new middle school was the main topic at the Green Forest School Board meeting Monday.

David B. South, president of the Monolithic Dome Institute, told board members he had been building the "ultra-modern," dome-shaped facility since 1976.

"It is a permanent structure which is energy efficient, cost effective, disaster resistant and attractive," said South.

"It will usually save fifty percent on heating and cooling costs compared to a comparable conventional building."

In fact, South said the monolithic domes "never get cold," and that the building could be heated by leaving the lights on for a day and cooled with a household air conditioning unit.

After Board Member Kirk Powell inquired about the size of the domes, South responded that he would suggest building two or three domes to make up the 60,000-square-feet required for the state-estimated growth of 400 students.

"It depends on what space is available," said South. "I can build a monster dome, but it doesn't make much sense."

Superintendent Dr. Larry Bennett said he was interested in this type of building because of the long-term energy usage.

Wednesday, school board members and administrators toured a facility with two monolithic dome structures at a school in Beggs, Okla.

They looked at the structure, the efficiency, their outside appearance, and the energy usage of the buildings, Bennett said Thursday.

He said the school board will discuss whether or not the domes are a good idea for the Green Forest campus at a special meeting to be held next Tuesday, July 25, at 6 p.m.

The plans for a new middle school building were approved by the state, which has offered to provide 57 percent of the funds for the project.

However, if voters do not approve a 3.6 mil increase in September, the funds from the state will be cancelled and the project will be void.

In other business, Bennett announced that the deadline to file for a school board position would be Aug. 5, with Kirk Powell's being the only position up for re-election.

During closed session, the board accepted the resignation of Janice Givens, a high school English teacher, and they hired Rebecca Brasel as an assistant high school principal.

The next school board meeting is planned for August 21 at 6 p.m. in the high school library.


On July 18, the Carroll County Newspaper reported that the 3.6 mil increase will generate $3.1 million of the nearly $7 million project to build a new middle school. However, if the mil increase is passed by voters in September, it is expected to generate $3.5 million.

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