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Board moves ahead with school projects after favorable vote

After an 84 percent voter approval rate, the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School District is moving forward with the project by approving site design plans for the Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate Schools during their most recent meeting.

Talks of expanding and renovating all four attendance centers–Adel Elementary, DeSoto Intermediate, A-D-M middle and high schools–eventually led to action after a successful bond referendum on Feb. 4.

The $13.5 million project includes renovations at Adel Elementary including six new Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Renovations to the current music, Preschool and special needs rooms will also be included. DeSoto Intermediate will also see expanded classroom space, renovations at the art and music wings, cafeteria, and have a functional bus drop off and pick up location. Both sites will see enhanced front-entrance security.

Projects at Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate are anticipated to be completed August 2015.

Also included in the project are renovations to the A-D-M middle and high schools, which include six general education classrooms, one science lab, and one technology/engineering classroom at the middle school. At the high school, three new science labs are proposed to be added as well as renovations to the existing three science labs, commons area, and district offices.

The old middle school will also be repurposed to house district offices, board rooms, be used as a technology hub, storage, and to house middle school athletics. This part of the project would is expected to be completed August 2016.

Other business:

• Approved an additional high school softball coach;

• Will continue geotechnical explorations at Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate schools;

• Unanimously approved an Adel Elementary dean position for the 2014-15 school year, and;

• Approved a 10-person committee to explore the Minburn building as a possible agricultural education center.

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