Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa By July Daub* nmirr "It is considered by the board of education and superintendent to be the last word in school building, and minor mistakes which became evident after the three other junior high schools were opened were eliminated in the Woodrow Wilson "The building cost $240,000 and the site $30 OOO The board feels it is an excellent investment." The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Aug. 20. 1925 Those words, written on the eve of the opening of Wilson junior high school in 1925, are Report Card appropriate now, as voters are preparing to decide Tuesday the fate of an $8 9 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 word in school buildings" SI years ago needs some up dating now, school officials say. The bond issue would finance a complete refurbishing of the four old buildings to bring them up to date with educational methods Once again, the board feels it is an excellent investment. The four buildings were originally constructed with the aid of a SI 5 million bond issue passed more than 50 years ago. Additions were built to McKinley and Roosevelt later Less Than New Inflation over the years has pushed the cost of remodeling them to $8 9 million, almost six times the amount of the original bond issue. More than ll million of that inflationary increase has been added just since last spring, when voters rejected a $7.8 million bond issue for the renovation On a square foot basis, the extensive face-lifting will cost about $16 a square foot, far below the cost of building new buildings Figures from the Means estimating book for 1974, a book used nationally by architects to estimate the cost of new construction, show that the median price for new junior high schools is currently running about $28 25 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 renovation work. Some remodeling has been done there using funds from the 2.5 mill levy for construction Preliminary plans jprrpared far Franklin and Wilson schMls will be emphasized here, since the nther two schMls were featured in a Gazette stun 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 roosts", as principals of the four buildings call them Wilson and Franklin will also receive small additions Several changes in educational philosophy have prompted the renovations — the rising importance of instructional materials centers (libraries), the need for more physical education for junior high students accompanied by the increased participation of girls in athletics, and the use of individualized instruction "The remodeling would be of great benefit to the instructional materials center," according to Ken Lcrnke. Wilson junior high principal Polling Places Rapids a m to -ninth Here is a list of voting places in the Cedar Community school district. Polls will be open from 7 8pm Tuesday I — Grant school, 254 Outlook drive SVN 2. — All Saints school. Dalewood and Twenty street SE 3. — Monroe* school, 32181 Pioneer avenue SE 4 — Erskine school, Clark road and Thirty-sixth street SE 5 — Grant Wood school. 645 Twenty-sixth street SE 8 — 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 — Garfield school, 1201 Maplewisid drive NE — Arthur school, 2630 B avenue NE — Franklin school. 300 Twentieth street NE — Washington school. 2205 Forest drive SE — Grant school, 254 Outlook drive SW — Wilson school. 2301 J street SU — Van Buren school. 2525 Twenty ninth street SU — Hoover school. 4141 Johnson avenue NW — Coolidge school. 6225 First avenue SW — Taft school, 52(Hi E avenue NW — Cleveland school. 220(1 First avenue NW — Lincoln school. Eighteenth avenue and Ninth street SW IO ll. 12 13. 14. 15. 16 17. 18. 19. 36 21. 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 entrance). Island 29 — Adams school. 1635 Linmar drive NE 30 — Coe college fieldhouse, 1220 First avenue NE 31 — Eisenhower school, 18(61 Forty-sixth stn*et NP; 32 — Harding sch«M»l, 4801 Golf street NE 33 — Kenwood school, 37(81 E avenue NE 34 — Kennedy school. 4545 Wenig road NE 35 — Pierce school, 4343 Marilyn drive NE 36 — Nixon school, 200 Northwood drive. Hiawatha 37 — Town hall, Covington 38 — City hall. Hiawatha 39 — Palo scluiol, 4^1 First street. Pale* 40 — Squaw Creek school, Mi Vernon road and F-24 SF 41 — City hall. Robins Give us a break 1461 3rd bl. SE—3W 8133 2961 1st Ave. SE—364 1519 Judy Daubenmier Wilson Plans the girls would replace the three scattered small one*s. A small addition to the gym at the hack of the building would provide for bleacher seating area the*re. Sporting Events "We do not have space to handle* the* volume of materials we have. The remodeled IMC would provide us with another learning station It would be* centrally located and readily accessible* to the majority of our classrooms. "The* IMC is now located in the corner of the top floor The* size is not adequate It barely me*ets North Central Assn standards." At Wilson, the IMC would be constructed by filling in an open light well in the building The two-story addition would house the music rooms, too. now scatte*re*d throughout the building At Franklin, the* IMC would be built on top of the present gym at the back of the* building 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 feet "It will just about triple* the* size of the* IMC we have now.” 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 dally large muscle exercise for early adolescents," according to Hamilton Valley, administra live assistant for plant facilities. "We re* hoping to move in the direction of providing more physical education for junior high kids " At Wilson, the gym is currently located on the stage of the auditorium Ender remodeling plans, the stage will be moved forward 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 Ia*mki* said locker rooms are now located at the other end of the building from the gym and physical education areas, so youngsters have to tramp through the halls during class time. At Franklin. Manson said the three* small girls' locker rooms "are one of the sorriest conditions in the building " One large locker mom for Then, sporting events could be held in both of the school’s gymnasiums, Vasey said, with seating available for the public. "We have to have space for seating for both boys’ and girls’ athletic events," 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 Im* rearranged at Wilson. Ix'tnke 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 30 students, and the rooms are not large enough," he said Individualized Instruction programs are used in math and language arts classes, and those require more space, lcrnke said Three small classrooms might he* re-divided into two larger ones. "We will have a combination of classrooms around the building," Manson said, "making flexibility for traditional as well as o|>t*n classrooms.” Another goal of the remodeling, 16* 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 consolidation will include art, industrial arts, and music, in particular. The noisier areas, such as industrial arts and music, will also be mon* 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 to use the field there Student Capacity The capacity of the four buildings after remodeling will range from about 750 to 9(81 students. The remodeling already done at McKinley and Roosevelt included the locker room areas, cafeteria and kitchen areas, and industrial arts areas The underpinnings have also lx*en put in for the new instructional materials centers in both buildings which will be located in the top half of the present auditoriums. If the bond issue passes, Vasev 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 BOSTON (IPI) - 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 y ears ’’ VI iish11n said modern medicine is unable to keep up with the rapid mutations and variants of influenza A. which is expected to cause the Earlier Flu outbreak this year While the vaccines are as up to date as possible, he said, they commonly are a year behind the mutation which causes the flu He said. 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Specializing in waterbeds & contemporary furniture 29 SECOND AVENUE S.E. • 365-4775 MAST!* CHARO! • BANK AME RICARD This is an artist's drawing of the Franklin junior high school gymnasium after proposed renovation. 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 would moke it 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 $8.9 million bond issue to be voted on Tuesday. At Wilson and Franklin, work would start sometime in the summer, depending on when final plans are developed "It's hard to say when the work would be done." Vasey said "I would hop** within a year after starting, depending on the availability of materials and how busy the contractors are " Youngsters at Franklin are anxious to see the remodeling done. "The students have pretty much accepted the fact that Taft and Harding are new buildings and have nicer facilities," said Manson. "They've seen the new lin ker 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 whv we can't have the same kind of new facilities " School officials are convinced that the $8 9 million bond issue is the cheapest and perhaps the only way the remodeling can be done Vasev pointed out that infla tion is still running at about the same rate as during the summer, when inflation pushed the cost of the remodeling from $7 8 million to $8 9 million "Part of the increase was increased material costs, part of it is increased labor costs,” said Vasey “Inflation is still coming after us." The work might never get done, he said, if the district had to rely on the $7(8),(881 annual income from the 2 5 mill levy. "One of the cheapest wavs to provide the facilities our youth need is through the bond issue," Lemke said "People are well aware that inflation is ballooning the cost faster than other money available (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 economy has not changed much since then. "Our philosophy is that our efforts need to be devoted to getting people out to vote," said Vasey. "The parents of elementary children are going to 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 the entire community. "It seems ie me auytlme yuu put $4 milden of roastruc-lion lute a community, it's hound to have some economic impact," be said. "It certainly will help the suppliers and subcontractors and people who work for them ” 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 $11,200,000 and is levying 7.627 mills this year toward retiring them Without the $8 9 million bond issue, 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 nulls a tx ive what the millage would be* without the bond issue Over the 17 years It will take to retire the bonds, the estimated amount of average monthly tax on a $21) (88) home would be $1 19 Panasonic . 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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 $20,000 home.