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Second community meeting features expanded construction plans for D.W. Carter High School
Some 75 parents, community members and district staff attended a Dec. 12 follow-up meeting regarding proposed bond program improvements for David W. Carter High School. Project architects displayed updated design drawings and walked the audience through an expanded plan of improvements that included several elements added since the presentation of the original plan.
The revised plan includes a total facility roof upgrade, new windows throughout the school, renovated science labs, a new school entry with expanded administrative offices and upgrades to the auditorium and fine arts spaces. A major component of the construction project is a proposed 1,000-seat competition gym to include a below grade tornado shelter sufficient to accommodate the entire school population.
The community applauded most of the proposed improvements but pushed for additional expansion of the school's fine arts spaces, insisting that mere upgrades would not adequately serve Carter's growing choir and band programs. Concerns were also raised about the need for a substantially improved library.
Reminding the audience that the total package of upgrades must be balanced with available funds, officials of the district's Construction Services department committed to conduct another tour of the school, revisit the construction plans and return with a proposal to address the community's concerns. Go here to view the updated architect's drawings presented at the meeting.