The picture is beginning to become clear for District 117’s building plans after last night’s Vision 117 committee meeting at Jacksonville High School.
Mary Fergurson, co-chair of the Vision 117 committee, says the frame of the groundwork has finally been laid on which building plan will be presented to the District 117 school board.
“What we did essentially was take the input we received from the community at our fourth public forum,” says Fergurson.
“With those results, which were very strongly oriented, it was recommended we need to renovate all our existing structure to twenty-first century education requirements. The most prudent fashion to do that is through a phasing process with phase number one addressing a middle school situation at Turner Junior High.”
Members of the community agreed with this decision at the previous Vision 117 meeting. They felt that making renovations or additions to Turner Junior High School was the best option presented. In this process, sixth graders would join seventh and eighth graders in the same building.
Last night’s meeting was between board members only, but members of the community were allowed to attend. Fergurson says since the community had been involved in the process, it was only fair that they know exactly what was being decided.
“We wanted to insure that the public understood and was knowledgeable that this was an open and transparent process,” says Fergurson.
“We were actually going to implement our plan for recommendation based upon what had been discussed in open meetings and the data that was derived from them.”
The next step for the Vision 117 committee will be meeting May 28th to fine tune the presentation being brought before the school board in June.