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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                14A Tfc? Ctdir Kaplds CinelH: Sun.. Utc. 8, H74 School Bond Vote Tuesday, Describe Remodeling Plans By.JMty Dubcuntor "It Is considered by the board of education and super- intendent, to be the last word in school buildings, and minor mistakes wntch, became evi- dent after the three other jun- ior high schools were opened were eliminated in the Woodrow Wilson. "The building cost and the site The board feels it is an excellent invest- ment." The Cedar Rapids Ga- 29, 1925. Those words, written on the eve of the opening of Wilson junior high school in 1925, are appropriate now, as voters are preparing to decide Tues- day the fate of an million bond issue to remodel "the Woodrow Wilson" and the three other junior high schools built in that same era Franklin, McKinley and Roosevelt. What was considered "the last in schewl buildings" 50 years ago needs some up- dating new, school officials say. The bond issue would fi- nance a complete refurbishing of the four old buildings to bring them up to date with educational methods. Once again, the board feels il is an excellent investment. The four buildings were originally constructed with the aid of a million bond issue passed more than 50 years ago. Additions were built to McKinley and Roos- evelt later. Less Than New Inflation over the years has pushed the cost of remodeling them to almost six times .the amount of the original bond issue. More than million of that inflationary increase has been added just since last spring, when voters rejected a million bond issue for the renovation. On a square foot basis, the extensive face-lifting will cost about a square foot; far below the cost of building new buildings. Figures from the Means estimating book for 1974, a book used nationally by ar- chitects to estimate the cost of new construction, show that the median price for new jun- ior, high schools is currently running about a square foot. That figure does not include the purchase of land to construct the building on, or the cost of furnishing and equipping. Plans are now complete for McKinley and Roosevelt reno- vation work. Some remodeling has been done there using funds from the 2.5 mill levy for construction. Preliminary plans prepared far Franklin and Wilsen schMls will be emphasized here, since the other two schMls were featured In a Ga- zette story last spring. Under current plans for the remodeling, additional space will be gained within the buildings by closing in and utilizing areas which are now light wells, or "pigeon as principals of the four buildings call them. Wilson and Franklin will also receive small additions. Several changes in educa- tional philosophy have prompted the. renovations the rising importance of instructional materials cen- ters the need for more physical education for junior high students accompa- nied by the increased partici- pation- of girls in athletics, and the use of individualized instruction. "The remodeling would be Of great benefit to the instruc- tional materials ac- cording to Ken Lemke, Wilson junior high principal. Judy Daubenmler the girls would replace the three scattered small ones. A small addition to the gym at the back of -the building would provide, for bleacher seating area'there. Sporfing Events "We do not have space to handle the volume of materi- als we have. The remodeled IMC would provide us. with another learning station. It would be centrally located and readily accessible to the ma- jority of our classrooms. "The IMC is now located in the corner of the top floor. The size is not adequate. It barely meets North Central Assn. standards." Wilson Plans At Wilson, the IMC would be constructed by filling in an open in the building. The two-story addition would house the music rooms, loo, now scattered throughout the building. At Franklin, the IMC would be built on top of the present gym at the back of the build- ing by adding a roof and back (wall. It would also include some space which is presently a rear corridor and a light well. Overall dimensions of the IMC will be 92 feet by 76 fo.eC "II will just about triple the size of the IMC we have estimated Richard Manson, Franklin principal. The renovation work will also mean more space for physical education. "In the junior high schools, there Is a growing recognition of the need for more daily large muscle exercise for ear- ly according lo Hamilton Vasey, administra- tive assistant for plant facili- ties. Polling Places Here is' a list of voting places in the Cedar Rapids Community school district. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. lo 8 p.m. Tuesday. 1. Grant school, 254 Outlook drive SW 2. All Sainls school, Dalewood and Twenty-ninth street SE 3. Monroe school, 3200 Pioneer avenue SE 4. Erskine school, Clark road and Thirty-sixth street SE 5. Grant Wood school, 645 Twenty-sixth street SE 6. Jane Boyd Community House, Fourteenth avenue and Tenth street SE 7. Immaculate Conception school, 830 Fourth avenue SE 8. Johnson school, Washington avenue and Eighteenth street SE' 9. Polk school, Fifteenth street and B avenue NE 10. Garfield school, 1201 Maplewood drive NE 11. Arthur school, 2630 B avenue NE 12. Franklin school, 300 Twentieth street NE 13. Washington school, 2205 Forest drive SE 14. Grant school, 254 Outlook drive SW 15. Wilson school, 2301 ,1. street SW 16. Van Buren school; 2525 Twenty-ninth street SW Hoover school, 4141 Johnson avenue NW 18. Coolidge school, 6225 First avenue SW 19. Taft'school, 5200 E avenue NW 20. Cleveland school, 2200 First avenue NW 21. Lincoln school, Eighteenth avenue and Ninth street SW 22. Hayes school, 1924 D street SW 23. Riverside Roundhouse, 40 Fourteenth avenue SW 24. Roosevelt school, 300 Thirteenth street NW 25. Madison school, 1310 Woodside drive NW 26. Harrison school, 1310 Eleventh street NW 27. Ellis YMCA, 1501'Ellis boulevard NW 28. City Hall, (Second avenue Island 29. Adams school, 1635 Linmar drive NE 30. Coe college fieldhouse, 1220 First avenue NE 31. Eisenhower school, 1800 Forty-sixth street NE 32. Harding school, 4801 Golf street NE 33. Kenwood school, 3700 E avenue NE 34. Kennedy school, 4545 Wenig road NE 35. Pierce school, 4343 Marilyn drive NE 36. Nixon school, 200 Northwootl drive, Hiawatha 37. Town hall, Covington 38. City hall, Hiawatha 39. Palo school, 428 First street, Palo 40. Squaw Creek school. Ml. Vernon road and F-24 SE 41.-City hall, Robins "We're hoping to move in the direction of providing more physical education for junior high kids." At Wilson, the gym is cur- rently located on the stage of the auditorium. Under remodeling plans, the stage will be moved for- ward into the auditorium floor, taking out some of the seating area. The old stage area will be used for a wrestling room. A two-story addition across the back of the building measuring 64 feet by 164 feet will house a new gym, locker room areas, and the cafeteria and art rooms. Lemke said locker rooms are now located nt the other end of the building from the gym and physical education areas, so youngsters have to tramp through the halls dur- ing class time. At Franklin, Manson said the three small girls' locker rooms "arc one of the sorriest conditions in the building." One large locker room for Then, sporting events could be held in both of the school's gymnasiums, Vasey said', with seating available for the publ- ic. ''We have to have space for seating for both boys' and girls' athletic he said. "With boys' basketball and wrestling and girls' .basketball and volleyball, we may have two of. those events going on at the same time." Some of the classrooms will also be rearranged at Wilson, Lemke said. "We have many classrooms which are not of adequate size to carry on the activities we're presently undertaking. The class sizes are usually 25 to Si) students, and the rooms are not large he said. Individualized instruction programs arc used in math and language arts classes, and those require mofc space, Lemke said. Three small classrooms might be re-divided into two larger ones. "We will have a combina- tion of classrooms around the Manson said, "making flexibility for tradi- tional as well, as open class- rooms." Another goal of the remod- eling, He said, "is to try to get our departments clustered so the total teaching staff can do a good job of coordinating." Areas benefited by this con- solidation will include art, industrial arts, and music, in particular. The noisier areas, such as industrial arts and music, will also be more isolated from other parts of the building so the rest of the classes are not disturbed. Some site work is planned at Wilson to provide for tennis courts and a baseball field. Baseball teams now travel to Hayes elementary school lo use the field there. The proposed instructional materials center at Wilson would be built by closing in a vacant court in the building and utilizing some adjoining classroom space. Improving these centers in all four junior high schools is an important goal of the proposed remodeling, which school officials estimate would cost the taxpayer about 1.19 a month on a home. Sfudenf- Capacity This is, an artist's drawing of the Franklin junior high school gymnasium after proposed renova- tion. Under current plans, a small addition would be made to the existing gym at the back of the building to make room for the bleachers shown here. The bleacher .space possible to have both boys' and girls' athletic events going on in the building at the same time: The work would be part of the remodeling accomplished with funds from the million bond issue to be'voted on Tuesday. The capacity of the four buildings after remodeling will range from about 750 to 900 students. The remodeling already done at McKinley and Roos- evelt included the locker room areas, cafeteria and kitchen areas, and Industrial arts areas. The underpinnings have also teen put in for the new instructional materials cen- ters in both buildings which will be located in the lop half of the present auditoriums. If (lie bond issue passes, Vasey said additional work could be done at those two schools starting in March or April, depending on how soon the bonds are sold. Predicts More And Earlier Flu BOSTON (UPI) More cases of flu can be expected this winter, according to the medical director of John Han- cock Mutual Life Insurance Co. In addition, Dr. Harry Mushlin said, "The influenza epidemic, if it does occur, will occur at an earlier date than in previous years." Mushlin said modern medicine is unable to keep up with the rapid mutations and variants of influenza A, which is expected to cause the outbreak this year. While the vaccines are as up to date as possible, he said, they com- monly are a year behind the mutation which causes the flu. He said, "Medication is purely symptomatic and usually consists of aspirin in one form or another lo help relieve the aches and pain and lessen the fever. It also may be desirable to increase Ihe pro- tein intake in one's food during the illness to make it more available in production of an- tibodies." At Wilson and Franklin, work would start sometime in the summer, depending on when final plans are devel- oped. "It's hard to say when the work would be Vasey said. "I would hope within a year after starting, depending on the availability of materi- als and how busy the contrac- tors are." Youngsters at Franklin are anxious to see the remodeling done. "The students have pretty much accepted the fact that Taft and Harding arc new buildings and have nicer facil- said Manson. "They've seen Ihe new locker rooms at Roosevelt and McKinley and their eyes popped open. They know what those schools had before was similar to what we still have, and they wonder why we can't .have the same kind nf new facilities." School officials are con- vinced that the million bond issue is the cheapest and perhaps the only way Ihe re- modeling can be done. Vasey pointed out that infla- tion is still running at about the same rate as during the summer, when inflation pushed the cost of the remod- eling from million to million. "Part of the increase was increased material costs, part of it is increased labor said Vasey. "Inflation is still coming after us." The work might never get done, he said, if the district had to rely on the annual income from the 2.5 mill levy. "One of the cheapest ways to provide the facilities our youth need is through the bond Lemke said. "People are well aware that inflation' is ballooning the cost faster than other money avail- able (the 2.5 mill) can keep up." Manson is also optimistic about the bond issue passing. Economic Conditions While economic conditions throughout the country have worsened since last spring when voters turned'down the first bond proposal, Manson said the Cedar Rapids econ- omy has not changed much since then. "Our philosophy is 'that our efforts need to be devoted to getting people out to said Vasey. "The parents of elementary children are going lo benefit most from the improvements, and they are the ones who ought to be most interested in supporting the bond issue." Vasey also pointed out that the remodeling work will have a beneficial impact on Ihe entire community. "It seems to me anytime you put million of construc- tion into a community, it's bound to have some economic he said. "It certainly will help the suppliers and subcontractors and people who work for them." i The bond issue has been endorsed by the Hawkeye Labor council, the board of directors of the Cedar Rapids- Marion area Chamber of Commerce, the Cedar Rapids Education Assn., and the Cedar Rapids Federation of Teachers. Another economic impact of the bond'issue is its effect on taxes. The district currently has outstanding bonds amounting to and is levying 7.627 mills this year toward retiring them. Without the million bond isSiis, the levy needed to pay principal and interest on the outstanding bonds would decline to 6.0721 next year. If the bond issue passes, the levy for bond retirement would rise to 8.5118, or about .9 of a mill increase over the current levy or' 2.4397 mills above what the miilage would be without the bond issue. 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