NPES will be receiving numerous renovations in summer 2021. These include safety and seismic upgrades in the building as well as a new playground where the portables currently reside (these will be moved to the Peter Boscow campus).
Over the past several months, from summer 2020 through January 2021, major projects were completed, including the new, stand-alone gymnasium (which also provides a community youth recreation resource), a new parent dropoff and parking lot, and a renovated bus dropoff and staff parking lot. The memorial baseball field also was refurbished.
In 2018, the building roof was upgraded and classrooms received new flexible furniture. In all, about $12.2 million of bond funding will be invested in NPES. While these projects do not produce an entirely new school, they rejuvenate the campus to serve students, staff and the North Plains community for years to come.
As for temporarily moving all North Plains students to AFES, this option was considered but dropped for several reasons. Staffing, which is about 80% of our operational costs, would need to follow the students, wherever they are, and to ensure adequate teacher-student ratios. So, there would not be dramatic cost savings in this area. Transportation costs may be increased since most students will not be in the walking zone for AFES. Certain district program(s) may be housed at AFES to utilize the building beyond student education. Above all, having students move from school to school is known to be detrimental to their well-being and will disrupt school culture and community.