Over a period of months, the West Elementary School Building Committee considered several options for renovating and adding to the current West Facility as opposed to building a new school. Multiple factors were discussed.
Construction of a new facility:
- Can be completed in less time.
- Is less disruptive to the ongoing instructional program.
- Results in greater operating efficiency and less maintenance.
- Is less costly.
- May be more environmentally friendly by creating less demolition waste.
The Committee determined that an addition/renovation would fail to adequately address the problems of the current West Elementary facility and would not be a responsible use of funds for the long term. The Committee decided that the construction of a new school, with a preschool wing attached, constitutes the most cost-effective means of providing a physical environment that can support high-quality education services for the identified student population for the next 50 years.