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Bristol School invited community to facility planning session

BRISTOL — The community is invited to help the Bristol School Board plan for the future at an “interactive community workshop” set for Monday at which the district facilities assessment will be shared.

District administrator Michael Juech said topics to be discussed at the meeting include school district growth and facility needs.

“Community and staff input gathered at the workshop will be used to guide facilities-related decision-making,” Juech said.

The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the large gym at the school, 20121 83rd St. Juech said all district residents, not just parents, “are invited and encouraged to join the conversation.”

Juech said the district hired Eppstein Uhen Architects in March to complete facilities assessments related to educational adequacy, ADA accessibility and building capacity and utilization.

“These assessments are the first step in developing a long-term facilities plan,” Juech said. “The highlights of this detailed report will be shared at the community workshop.”

According to the assessment, which can be found on the district website, www.bristol.k12.wi.us, there are basically only three open classrooms. One is in the fourth-grade wing and is used for sensory breaks throughout the day, another is in the sixth-grade wing and is used as a collaborative space. The third is not generally utilized by students.

In addition to these three rooms, the health room is only used on Tuesday and Thursday.

Many of the classrooms, such as a former art room that is being used as a science room, have heavy furniture that does not support flexible arrangements, the study notes. Other findings include: the special education classrooms are not suitable for their function; the size and layout of the cafeteria is inefficient; and kindergarten rooms are undersized.

Juech said community input will be used this summer as the district develops potential solutions and cost estimates to address the needs identified in the facilities assessments.

Jill Tatge-Rozell
Kenosha News

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