The South Summit Board of Education unanimously voted to approve construction of new district offices for the school district last week during a public hearing. The new offices will be built on a piece of property the district already owns, a 2.5 acre lot in Kamas located at 290 East 300 South.
The new offices will be roughly 8,700 square feet and will include two extra classrooms where adult education, concurrent enrollment and future expansions to the district online program will be housed. Construction costs are estimated to be roughly $1.5 million.
The Thursday night public hearing was an opportunity for community members to voice their opinions on building a new district office. For the past several months, the school board and administrators have been discussing whether or not the district should upgrade the current offices.
"We're excited about the new offices," said South Summit School District Superintendent Barry Walker. "We have planned for growth and had extra offices built into the plan. These offices are not just for the short term, but for long term, future needs of the district."
"The plan is that a new district office would meet our needs for several years in future," he added, "it would meet the school district's needs for 30 years, at least. We're planning for some additional office space, a larger board room, some public restrooms and additional storage space for records.
The South Summit School District offices are currently housed in a double-wide trailer that has been in use for more than three decades. The 1,500-square-foot office requires regular maintenance, a constant drain on school district funds, Walker said. Right now, four district employees, including Walker, work day-to-day in the current offices, but if the new building were approved, both the district nurse and the district IT specialist would move.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring.
"There were no objections," Walker said. "The board made the decision to move forward with project unanimously the new district office to be modest but still be able to meet our needs for the years to come. We don't need a big, expensive building, just something to meet our current needs."