The Storm Lake School Board Thursday selected three architects to interview for the new elementary school construction project.
FEH, DLR and Neumann, Monson and Wictor are the three. Background information on each company will be required before the interviews take place. The board is interested in such things as current work each is involved in, contractors they have worked with and whether or not they have been involved in any litigation.
Representatives from all three companies will be invited to Storm Lake in late March and will have the opportunity to meet with the board during a work session. Superintendent Paul Tedesco said he hopes the board will have a decision by the April meeting on which company they will hire.
After the architect is hired, he said, the plans will move along quickly. The next step will be for the chosen architect to meet with those teachers, board members and administrators who made several visits to other elementary facilities to gather ideas, as well as with members of the public who may have some input.
From there, the architect will develop a concept drawing for presentation and once fully approved, the specs will be drawn up for potential construction bids. This could take several months.
Superintendent Tedesco said though it may seem like a long time, the project will "take on a life of its own" and the progress will move quickly. It is anticipated that the ground breaking for the new school will take place next year.
In other business, the possible start date for the 2006-07 school year is proposed for Aug. 21. As required by the state Department of Education, a public hearing must be set to allow input or objections to be heard if the start up date is prior to Sept. 1. The board set March 15, the next regular meeting, for that public hearing to take place. School began at about that time last fall; other districts around, he said, are also sticking with a start up date of about that same time.