BEATRICE – A parent involved in the Beatrice Public Schools series of master facilities planning meetings, is recommending the district establish a community committee to help come up with a specific facilities plan.
Neal Tranthem says a committee of teachers, administrators, board members and community leaders could help determine what facility work the district will ask the public to approve.
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The committee approach is similar to a method used when the district established a new strategic plan, just a few years ago. Tranthem says the ultimate decision would be up to the school board, but the process would be a good way of vetting ideas and getting public input.
Architect Pat Phelan of the DLR Group says it may be time to step back and “take a deep breath” and approach the matter again in the fall. He said the recent meetings established that there is a need for better trust between the community and the district, on future facility work.
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A survey of those who attended the facilities meetings ranked the top priority as improving the Beatrice elementary school buildings, which were constructed in the mid-1950s.
The second and third ranked priorities in the district were the Beatrice Middle School and renovation and repair to Athletic Park.