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Before & After? Ladue School Board to Review Building Plans Monday

These pictures from a December 2011 presentation to the Ladue School District show what students have now — and what could be. What do you think of this vision?

The meets in a work session on Monday evening to discuss, among other things, the master plan presentation board members received in December. Monday's discussion is expected to review how the district might finance the plan, according to a memo in the board agenda circulated on Friday.

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"The administration will present a draft of relevant financial background information, as well as a possible model for moving forward with financial implementation of the Master Plan," wrote Jason L. Buckner, the district's assistant superintendent for business and finance. "The administration will be seeking input from the Board of Education in an effort to finalize the financial section of the Master Plan in the upcoming months."

The initial master plan presentation in December showed the attached examples of classrooms, libraries, common areas and other parts of the existing district. Those were contrasted with images of upgraded and modernized facilities.

Buckner wrote: "The final product will be presented at a Board of Education Business meeting in upcoming months."

The board's work session will be at 6 p.m. at 9703 Conway Road in Ladue.

See the "before/after" photos and tell us what you think of the contrasting vision.

Here are some of the priorities outlined in the district's master plan presentation in December (this is not a complete list):

COST SCHOOL(S) PROJECTS $51.98 million Science wing addition; replacement windows; new music practice room; stadium improvements; "seismic" upgrades. Fire suppression systems throughout. $20.39 million ; other schools New elementary school; maintain recent additions; replacement windows at a number of other schools, including Conway, Old Bonhomme, Reed, Ladue Middle, West Campus and the administrative center. $13.37 million Conway, Old Bonhomme, Reed, , facilities building. Conway: Library and cafeteria additions; renovations to existing library and cafeteria into classrooms. and renovations. Old Bonhomme and Reed: gym and art room addition; renovation of existing gym into cafeteria; renovate existing cafeteria into multipurpose space. Ladue Middle: reconfiguration of parking and traffic flow. $21.25 million Ladue Middle, administrative building Relocate media lab and reconfigure library; addition for student commons; new entry plaza and gym plaza; renovate former science classrooms; renovation of the administrative building.
flyoverland September 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM
The fact that this district is already so far in debt and is considering more is clear evidence this board is out of touch with reality. The empire building continues.

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