BV schools dig into details before breaking ground

Friday, November 3, 2017

The holidays are not the only exciting thing happening at the Berryville School District this winter.

Superintendent Owen Powell said the district likely will begin its multimillion dollar construction project in late December or early January. The first phase, he said, will be the construction of the sports complex on the west campus, which houses the elementary and intermediate schools and Bobcat Arena.

In addition to a new football field, Powell said the sports complex will include a baseball field, softball field and an eight-lane regulation track around the football field.

The goal is to have the sports complex ready for the 2018 football season, he said.

“That will be started first, and the goal is to be ready for football season next year,” Powell said.

The next phase of construction will be the new high school and the middle school cafeteria on the east campus during the 2018-19 school year, he said. Completing the sports complex first is important, Powell said, because the new high school will be built on the site of the current football field on the east campus.

“At this point, it’s just planning, prepping and working on the details with the architect and construction manager,” Powell said. “That’s where we are right now.”

He said Steve Elliot of Lewis Architects Engineers, the architect for the project, visited the high school in October to meet with the various departments and staff about any thoughts and ideas they had on the project.

“We want our staff to have some input because obviously

they’re going to be the ones working in these new facilities,” Powell said. “We spent two days on it and brought Steve Elliot in. Principal Donnel Armstrong did a good job putting together a schedule and designating 30-minute blocks for each department.”

He said Elliot met with the math, science, English and social studies departments as well as food service staff, custodians and other school staff.

“Pretty much everybody who works in the school got to sit down and meet with the architect for a 30-minute timeframe,” Powell said, “and just express their thoughts and ideas. I think it’s important for our staff to have some input.”

He said the district is excited to begin work on the construction project.

“It’s really exciting to be having the discussion, planning and prepping for it,” Powell said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely going to be worth it for our students.”

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