Chris Michaud, Robin Savola and Mike Schwindenhammer of Eppstein Uhen Architects shared information about the elementary school visioning team and the work they have done at the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.
Assistant Superintendent Sherri Cyra said the team started with a kickoff meeting at Kromrey in August and also toured three area elementary schools that day. The team has held two additional visiting meetings since. Sunset Ridge principal Maria Dyslin, Sauk Trail principal Chris Dahlk and staff members Kari Buer (Sauk Trail) and Jenny Magee (Northside) are among 14 on the team and attended the meeting.
"The visioning team is very excited about this work even if they won't all be teaching at the new school,'' Schwindenhammer said.
Schwindenhammer reviewed takeaways -- including making sure a new elementary school has natural light, flexibility and transparency, a mix of big and small spaces, and more -- from tours of each of the schools. Michaud noted their preference is to design spaces that can stand the test of time.
The other two meetings were spent discussing what images and which ones best represent MCPASD, how any new school can be inclusive, innovative and inspiring for all students, what spaces will be available to the public and general layout concepts for the school.
The team's next task is further developing what a floor plan will look like. EUA representatives will share some ideas with the visioning team at its next meeting in early October.
Schwindenhammer also noted to accommodate growth there will be a bubble classroom for each grade that can be used as MakerSpace area in years where the extra section isn't needed.