North Mahaska board hears building update

Members of the design team met with North Mahaska board members to show the improvements planned over the next two years. Lower right shows the new kindergarten classrooms and office renovations. Above is renovation of the current locker rooms, new fitness center and safe room. Highlighted by the dashed box is a possible connector way from the elementary gym to the entrance to the safe room hallway. RD Keep | MAP Photo

NEW SHARON – Members of the North Mahaska School Board heard a report from Neumann Monson Architects and Design Construction Integration Group on the upcoming building project. Sally Obernolte of Neumann Monson and Brandon Schulte of DCI made presentations.

Obernolte told those gathered the team was in the design phase of the project. She presented a layout of the renovations and new construction.

“We met with the focus groups and have a good idea of what the stakeholders want,” said Obernolte. 

She said there are two add-ons for the project for consideration. One is a connector hallway from the elementary gym to the hallway that leads to the safe room. The other is a possible canopy outside the elementary entrance. She said the connector hallway would make a shorter route to the safe area.

Board chair Dirk Wilkin asked if there is a certain maximum distance that students could travel. She said the travel distance is not a factor. Without the connector, students would travel down the main school hallway then proceed through the high school gym to reach the safe room.

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