The Logan County school board heard a report from Ross Tarrent architects about a possible addition to the Olmstead School on Tuesday at their regular monthly meeting.
“We’re going to relocate the preschool from the second floor to the first floor,” superintendent Marshall Kemp said. “There will be another classroom added that the school can decide what they will do with it. We’d also like connect the main building to the gym with a hallway. We have to see if that is possible or not, it’s a pretty tight place and other obstacles may get in the way.”
Currently the Olmstead gym has just a covered walkway and students must go outside to move from the school to the gym.
The addition has become necessary because of a state law that requires all preschool classrooms to be on the ground floor by 2014.
Kemp said the addition is estimated to be around $770,000.
Olmstead is different than most two-story schools in that the younger grades are upstairs while the classrooms for older students are on the ground floor.
“I wasn’t here when that was decided, but it was approved by the state at the time,” Kemp said.
Kemp said that there is no plans to move any other grades downstairs when the preschool is moved to the ground floor.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the school board approved a change order on the Auburn School roof replacement contract.
The project came under budget, so $6,150 was returned to the school system.
The roof has been replaced and cost in total just over $630,000.
“We’ve been fortunate, with that,” Kemp said. “There are sometimes occasions when you have to spend more for unforseen things, instead of getting money back at the end.”