Should the Rutland School build a K-2 addition or a K-6 facility?
That question and more will be explored by the school board in the coming months. Rutland School Board members heard from Chris Schiltz of Koch Hazard Architects who is now planning to draw up a list of options the board can consider.
The Rutland School has addressed various fire code issues over the past few years that require the placement of K-2 classrooms on the ground floor. Fire code requirements have also led to the establishment of an elementary lunchroom on the main floor.
Superintendent Carl Fahrenwald said all necessary elementary classrooms are currently on the ground floor, but with the ground-floor lunchroom for elementary students, food is transported from the lower-level lunchroom.
"We anticipate it will play out over a long period of time," Fahrenwald said of the progress for this project. "It will take us a while to determine what the community's vision is."
The board hasn't set a timeline for completion of the project or discussed financing options, but Fahrenwald said the board hopes to have a plan that can be presented to the community this fall during the school's annual open house.
The school board also agreed to hire a full-time teacher's aide for the kindergarten classroom. At this point, the school is looking at a projected class of 21 students. Fahrenwald said that number is above the school's cap of 15 students, but many of the kindergarten students are siblings of older students who have open enrolled into the district or they are district residents.
Fahrenwald said the addition of the teacher's aide will allow for students in kindergarten and first grade to be grouped according to their abilities.