Committee eyes more school design options

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March 27, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Darin Augustine, project engineer with SJCF Architects, delights in the old boiler stationed in the basement of McKinley Elementary School. The boiler was like much in the basement: Abandoned, rusted, peeling and standing in water. Local citizens toured the school to gather an understanding of what the community needs in terms of educational facilities.

A new batch of designs for how Iola schools might be improved and reconfigured greeted steering committee members at their meeting Tuesday night.

“This is only the beginning,” Rick Brown, project architect with SJCF Architects, Wichita, said.

Brown and Darin Augustine, project engineer, said they glean new ideas from each meeting of the 30-plus who regularly attend the meetings.

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