The Weyauwega-Fremont School District is taking its next step to develop cost estimates to remodel the high school’s locker room area.
It is doing so by holding a meeting to gather input for an analysis of that area.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the middle school library.
It is open to the public and Dean Beeninga is going to lead it.
Beeninga is a partner and architect at the Minneapolis-based ATS&R, the firm hired by the school board in March of 2014 to complete a long-range facilty study.
During its April 27 meeting, the district’s school board voted to enter into an agreement with the firm for an analysis of the locker room area.
ATS&R is to develop priorities, prepare preliminary renderings and prepare cost estimates for a potential project.
The analysis is to include the high school’s locker rooms, fitness area, coaching rooms and training area.
The $500 cost of the study is being covered by a donation the board received from the Weyauwega-Fremont Booster Club.
The board accepted that donation in March.
The donation follows the booster club’s request several months ago for board approval to remodel the athletic facilities.
The analysis is the first step in the process.
During the board’s Monday, May 11, meeting, District Administrator Scott Bleck said the process is going to be similar to the one the district recently went through for its long-range facilities study.
A recommendation is to come forward from the group involved in the locker room analysis.
Bleck told the board the administrative staff is reaching out to stakeholders in the community.
The May 14 meeting is expected to include a tour of the locker room area.
As soon as renderings of a potential remodeling project are available, a presentation is to be made to the school board.
Bleck does not anticipate the renderings will be complete before the board’s next meeting, which is Thursday, May 28.
“The booster club has funds available,” he said.
Bleck said the club’s latest proposal does not reflect its original vision of raising funds for a fitness center.
The club wants something to take back to those who donated funds for the original proposal, he said.
Tim Cullen is the president of the booster club and said the club wants direction.
“We’re hoping we can be progressive” and may work together to find a solution, he told the board.
Board member Sandy Smith said she applauds the booster club for coming back to the board with a proposal.