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Thursday, April 8, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News SCHOOL UPDATES By Kate Baldwin Business Manager . ] Norwalk Community School District Page Eleven Auditorium & Stadium Construction Project Update The Auditorium, Stadium, Tennis Courts and Paved Parking Lot Projects passed another milestone March 25, BID DAY, and it was a great day!!! Project bids came in 14.26% under construction cost estimates on base bid items. After select bid' alter- nates were considered and approved, total project savings is $429,159 under budget. This savings reinforced the belief that the District needed to move forward with these large construction projects during this low-cost bidding environment. All of this new construction will be funded with the State Sales Tax infrastructure funding for schools. The bids were presented to the Norwalk School Board for approval March 29. All low bid and select alternates were awarded with the exception of one bid package for the stadium scoreboard that was tabled until the April 12 meeting due to needed clarifications with the low contract bidder. A Groundbreaking Celebration will be held April 14 beginning at 4 p.m. The activities will start on the west side of the high school where the new stadium will be located and then move to the east side of the high school/Eastview 8/9 where the new auditorium and music classrooms will be constructed. The celebration will conclude in the Eastview 8/9 cafeteria with a short program. Construction is scheduled to begin during the third week of April. Contractors are currently mobilizing on the east side of the secondary campus to prepare for work. Norwalk Schools will move into a new era of school facilities that will bring a host of new opportunities for students and community members. The auditorium has been a "dream" project in this District for over 20 years. If one can think of paved parking as a "dream" project, it has rallied to the top on several parent and commu- nity surveys in the past and the stadium will fill invaluable needs as our District continues to grow into 4A competition. Auditorium Construction Project: Beginning in March of 2009, an Auditorium Planning Committee comprised of 23 members (teachers, students, community mem- bers, board members, and other district staff) conducted several meetings with the District architect to design the facility. The new auditorium will be built on the east side of the secondary campus, in between the high school and Eastview 8/9 build- ings. Guests will be able to enter the auditorium from the hallway connecting the high school and Eastview 8/9. The auditorium will comprise the following features: Auditorium: • A stage that will seat a band of 150 students and 175 choir students. 'Seating capacity for 925 guests, 711 on first floor and 214 in the balcony. • A designated orchestra performance area near side stage left to simulate an or- chestra pit. • A large, curved stage with steps on either side. • A control booth for video and audio recording. • A large-screen video projector and screen for displaying a variety of electronic media. • Two dressing rooms, one for boys and one for girls (the girls' dressing room is larger, imagine that!). • A "green room" for performers to prepare just before entering the stage. • A scene shop to design and create backdrops and props for plays. • A special climate-controlled area to protect and store the grand piano. • A scene storage area to store all of those play props. • A small loading dock at the scene shop to haul large equipment in and out of the stage area for visiting performance groups. • A fly space to accommodate 34 scenes and back drops. • An audio sound shell to project the vocal and instrumental music performances. • A lobby that is modestly designed to meet the needs of crowd flow and to pro- vide glass wall cabinets to display student trophies, awards and art work. • A hallway that connects to the current music rooms and the new band rooms. • Guests will be able to enter the auditorium from the hallway connecting the high school and Eastview 8/9. New Band Classrooms: • The new band room will accommodate 150 band students. (The current band room only accommodates 100-110 students adequately and the band has grown to exceed 120 students.) • The new band room will have a moveable wall that will allow one large dassroom area for marching band and two smaller band rooms for concert band instruction. • The new band room will have four additional practice rooms. • The new band room will have ample storage area for student instruments, per- cussion, jazz equipment, and band uniforms. • The current band room will become an additional vocal music room. • The parking lot at Eastview 8/9 will be expanded for fine arts event parking. Stadium Construction Project: The new stadium will be built on the west side of the secondary campus, directly west of the current stadium. Beginning in Novem- ber 2009, a Stadium Planning Committee comprised of 24 members (teachers, stu- dents, community members, board members, and other district staff) toured several new school stadium facil!ties, conducted meetings with vendors on facility product features, as well as several meetings with the architect. The committee focused their energies on fast-tracking this project so it could be bid with the auditorium project in the spring of 2010. The committee did a thorough job of research and has designed a modern, comprehensive facility that will meet the needs of our Student athletic programs as well as Physical Education (PE) instruction and band. The Stadium will comprise the following features: • Synthetic turf to provide for multiple uses on a daily basis, including PE, ability to practice on the field the students will compete on, potential for community use and younger leagues • Regulation size playing field to accommodate soccer and ability to host district and regional soccer events (the current stadium cannot be renovated to enlarge the field to meet regulation soccer width) • Eight-Lane track to allow for increased high school and middle school student participation and ability to host conference events (the current stadium cannot be renovated to expand to an eight-lane track). • Electronic timing system for recording track event performances. • Expand home bleachers from current 1,200 capacity to a minimum of 3,000 seats. • The stadium building will provide space for "home" and "visitor" student ath- lete team rooms, coaches' office area, six-window ticket booth, "home"-and "visi- tors" concession stands, "home" and "visitors" restrooms, and storage for athletic equipment. • Control rooms and press boxes will be located on the "home" side bleachers. • Digital scoreboard and sound system. • Eleven new tennis courts at the current tennis court location. The project will replace the current six courts that need to be re-surfaced. The project will provide lights for night play on six of the new courts. • New baseball and softball lights will be installed at the current varsity softball and baseball fields. i New Paved Parking Projects • The two "top" or east tiers of the high school parking lot will be paved. • The west middle school parking lot will be paved. • The grassy area immediately 6ast of the current Eastview 8/9 parking will be paved. Mathcounts Team Qualifies for State and Places 7th at State Competition i! Left to right, Row 1: Bryce Bullock, Jordyn Phipps, Trevor Reeg, Samuel Jorgensen; Row 2: Tom Scallon, Chris Higgins, Jessi Lundberg, Rachel Lundberg. Photo sub- mitted. Mathcounts, a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school math achievement, recently held its chapter and state competitions. Norwalk had a total of eight students who competed in the chapter competition at Drake University in February. Those competing were eighth graders Tom Scallon, Chris Higgins and Rachel Lundberg; seventh graders, Jessi Lundberg and Samuel Jorgensen, and sixth graders Trevor Reeg, Jordyn Phipps and Bryce Bullock. At the chapter competition Norwalk finished second out of 32 teams where individually Scallon finished fifth and Reeg finished 13th out of nearly 200 students. By placing second, the Norwalk team consisting of Scallon, Reeg, Rachel Lundberg and Higgins earned the right to compete at the state competition held March 26, also on the Drake campus. Out of 200 schools who were involved in Mathcounts from throughout Iowa, Norwalk competed against the top 27 teams at state and finished seventh overall. Scallon led the team by finishing 22nd out of 140 students at state. 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