CHAMPION - To remodel a section of the high school into administrative offices and a board meeting room will cost $200,000.
School officials were informed of that at Monday's Board of Education meeting by architects with Balog, Steines, Hendricks and Manchester that work will begin in May, first in creating 19 parking spaces at the high school, and then in June when students are recessed for the school year, in creating the new offices out of four classrooms in the southeastern section of the school.
Superintendent Pamela Hood said all money for the renovation project will come from a permanent improvement fund which can only be used for paving, heating, ventilation systems and air conditioning.
Architects Gary Balog and Tim Thomas said the parking lot work should take a week, with interior renovations two months.
Hood noted that 10 employees work in the superintendent's, treasurer's, food service and maintenance departments, which will have offices in the new location. She said the new area will be part of the high school's security and fire alarm systems with a secured entrance area.
The project is scheduled to be completed by early August.
Officials approved the project, noting the need to re-locate the offices from the three-story Central Elementary, which has sections that are not handicapped accessible, to the one-floor high school, which is handicapped accessible.
In another matter, the board reported that plans to offer all-day kindergarten in the fall will cost $140,000.
Board members noted that revenue for the added costs will be generated from savings from belt-tightening in a few existing school program. No additional teachers in physical education, art and music will be needed with the move to all-day kindergarten.
Plans are to increase from 2 1/2 kindergarten positions to five. Classes average about 22 students per section.
Officials said the need for all-day kindergarten is for Champion to maintain its competitive edge.