Emporia School Board receives update on needs assessment, approves chiller for Village Elementary Featured

Zach Snethen with HTK Architects of Topeka presents an update to the ongoing needs assessment during Wednesday's meeting of the Emporia School Board. Zach Snethen with HTK Architects of Topeka presents an update to the ongoing needs assessment during Wednesday's meeting of the Emporia School Board. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News

Facilities updates and an ongoing needs assessment drove the conversation at Wednesday’s meeting of the Emporia School Board.


Board members heard a lengthy update from HTK Architects, the company tasked with evaluating the district’s facilities needs. Building reviews and tours have been done at Emporia High School. The rest of the district’s buildings will continue to be assessed over the next two weeks. Board member Susan Brinkman tells KVOE News in securing the entryways, she wants the architects to also keep in mind how much the buildings are used outside of school hours.

HTK compiled a list of items heard from building interviews at the high school including a desire for new science labs, auditorium upgrades, technology in classrooms and additional needs for student space and flexible space, just to name a few. Brinkman says community listening sessions will take place as soon as next month.

HTK is hoping to present a final plan to the board in January.

In addition, the board accepted a $29,000 bid to make repairs to the Village Elementary chiller, despite the cost coming in well above the $20,000 threshold in the budget.



The board's next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 26.

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