By Ethan Colbert
Months after voting to seek federal funding to construct emergency storm shelters at both the Frankford and Bowling Green school campuses, the Bowling Green R-I School Board continued last week to discuss how the local school district could help repair and improve the school district’s facilities and property.
Sparking the discussion at the Tuesday, April 17, meeting of the Bowling Green R-I School Board was a presentation by Michael Younglove, an employee of Paragon Architecture, a Springfield based company that specializes in designing and constructing school buildings and facilities.
Younglove’s presentation focused primarily on the Bowling Green campus. Younglove recommended that the school district take swift action to stabilize the foundation of the west wing of the high school and the south wall of the auditorium.
“We have observed some settlement here,” Younglove said. According to members of the school’s faculty present at the school board meeting, the exterior wall has settled away from the interior wall so significantly that students are able to see each other in adjoining classrooms.
He also recommended the following: replace the single-pane windows in the high school with one-inch thick insulated double pane windows as a follow up project to the foundation stabilization.
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