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Students will stay put during White Cliffs renovation
KUSD Board races against time to site, construct new middle school

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br><br>
White Cliffs Middle School will have a new look in January 2010. The Kingman Unified School District No. 20 board recently approved converting the campus from a middle school to a high school.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br><br> White Cliffs Middle School will have a new look in January 2010. The Kingman Unified School District No. 20 board recently approved converting the campus from a middle school to a high school.

KINGMAN - The Kingman Unified School District No. 20 Board unanimously voted to keep middle school students at White Cliffs while renovations on campus begin for the high school conversion.

In an early morning meeting on Wednesday, the board approved one of seven student relocation options presented by the administration.

In the approved plan, the middle school students will remain on campus in the designated A Building. Construction crews will demolish, build, remodel and refurbish the remaining building on campus.

"The idea is, of course, to keep students and staff separated from the construction," said Oz Enderby, KUSD director of construction.

The district needed 36 rooms to house students through the academic year, the exact number of rooms in A Building. The middle school students would then move into the newly constructed middle school in the fall of 2009.

Once the students vacate campus after the 2008 to 2009 academic year, construction crews will begin work on the A Building in June 2009. The final renovations will be completed within six months.

"It's very doable," Enderby said. "There will be, obviously, challenges from time to time."

Under the plan, construction - specifically of the home bleachers - will be completed at Lee Williams Field in time for high school football games beginning in September.

While this option moves back the proposed opening of the second high school by fall 2009, it will prevent multiple relocations for the White Cliffs Middle School students.

"There isn't a perfect plan," said Assistant Superintendent Betsy Parker. "There will be someone impacted no matter what."

In five of the seven options presented, students could have been relocated to other district schools or temporary locations. The other option had WCMS students moving in advance of construction on campus - possibly doubling or tripling the construction timeline for the high school.

"Every scenario assumes in August of 2009, students will move into a middle school," Parker said.

Now the board will focus on the new middle school.

They will hold an executive session tonight and will address a site at the budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday in the boardroom at the KUSD Office, 3033 MacDonald Ave.

"It's key that we act as a board, otherwise we can come up with this plan and it goes out the window if there is no middle school," said Vice President Patrick Carlin Jr.

Enderby agreed with Carlin, adding land acquisition is the big issue. To remain on the timeline, the construction team would have 60 days to get ready to site a location.

Continuing to keep the construction work on track, the board unanimously approved the district's construction services contract with CORE Construction and a resolution for the proposed procurement of a construction manager at risk.

The board also unanimously voted to proceed with the sports-related projects at White Cliffs, Kingman Middle and Kingman High schools.

While the horizontally lengthened, vertically shortened home bleachers may be completed for fall football, the complete athletic field redevelopment and development projects part of the capital improvement plan will not be complete at White Cliffs.

Following the football season, the area will be bladed so the track and field can be brought up to current athletic standards.

This presents a problem for winter boys and girls soccer. While they will be able to practice on the field, they will not be able to host any games, Enderby said.

Enderby is working with the athletic director to adjust the schedule.

"I can't say for sure now" where they'll play, Enderby said.

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