New district office taking shape at KAL

Staffers in the district office of the Kingman Academy of Learning at 1910 E.

Andy Devine Ave.

will be moving into spacious new quarters, probably by late June.

A double-wide manufactured office two units long is being set up by Modular Technology of Phoenix on the KAL Middle School campus at the corner of Harrison Street and Beverly Avenue adjacent to Centennial Park.

The present location of the four units, right on the corner, is temporary, said Brownie Hamlyn, business manager for the KAL and a member of the district governing board.

"What people are seeing when they drive past the location now is going to be additional parking and landscaping," Hamlyn said.

"The modular units will be situated just to the right of the in gate on Beverly Avenue."

Nine staff members, including head of the special education department and a clerk, will be located in the new building when it opens, Hamlyn said.

The uniform store, currently located inside the middle school, also will move into the district office, freeing up needed space, Hamlyn said.

The new district office will encompass 3,600 square.

It will cost $375,000, including parking lot improvements, and be paid for with capital building money.

"We'll be taking utilities to the new district office underground, so any future expansion of the middle school will be easier without overhead lines," Hamlyn said.

The present district office on Andy Devine Avenue was donated by Arnold Investments in December 1997.

It has just 973 square feet of space, though the building is valued at $55,000, Hamlyn said.

That building will be leased once the move into the new district office is made.

KAL will own three buildings once the new district office opens, the middle school (grades 6-8) being the third.

The academy has five-year lease agreements for its primary school (pre-school through second grade) with First Southern Baptist Church on Hualapai Mountain Road, and its intermediate school (grades 3-5) with Praise Chapel on Harrison Street.