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Planning continues for Florence Carlton School campus upgrades

FLORENCE – The design process is continuing for massive renovations and improvements to the Florence Carlton School campus.

The project is being funded by a $16 million bond that was passed by Ravalli County — and some Lolo residents — last November.

Superintendent Bud Scully says the design meetings are designed to help comprehend the vision for the project.

“It’s a great process. It’s great for the community. It will give them the additional needed space. It will get rid of some of those old buildings that are high maintenance,” Scully said.

“And really help with safety and keeping kids all under one roof. You’ll be able to move around the entire campus and never go outside,” he added.

Florence School Design Meeting
The design process is continuing for massive renovations and improvements to the Florence Carlton School campus. (MTN News photo)

School leaders, building committees and staff met for a fourth time on Tuesday evening to discuss needs versus wants — and to establish design goals.

A few hot topics on the table where crowded hallways during passing times, locker use for students and school safety.

Scully says the safety updates are a must and that the vision is being driven by the need to improve the protection of students.

“We are changing out our entire lock system to all be key card locks. Also, we’re increasing our cameras and we’re eliminating a lot of the entrances,” Scully told MTN News.

“We have so many entrances right now into the building. We’re going to force it into having just two main entrances,” he continued.

The design ideas are not quite set in stone and another meeting has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on June 11 at the FCS District Office building.

 

Kent Luetzen

Kent Luetzen

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