A busy December school board meeting was capped by a public forum and the first look at blueprints of a new Wadena-Deer Creek school Monday night at WDC Elementary.
WDC superintendent Viriginia Dahlstrom gave members of the public their first peek at what Perkins + Will is proposing for the design of a combined high school and middle school on Colfax Avenue.
The first draft plans are not finalized and input on the design was being sought by Dahlstrom and members of the District 2155 School Board.
The plan is to build a 166,931 square foot two-story building which will accommodate 800 students in grades 5-12. The first floor would be 121,019 square feet while the second would encompass 45,912.
The design of the school segregates middle school and high school students but also had shared learning labs. A music and physical education section would also be incorporated into the building and a gymnasium with three courts is proposed.
"Green" technology will be incorporated into the building including geo-thermal heating. The former structure, which was first opened in 1965, was heated by a boiler.
The school would be built on the same property as the school which was destroyed by the June 17 tornado that hit Wadena.
Construction is scheduled to begin in April and the school is expected to be ready for classes at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
"The questions were healthy and the dialogue was good," Dahlstrom said.
Dahlstrom indicated that the plan is now to take the questions to Perkins+Will and see how they would pertain to a re-design of some portions of the building.