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Let's get designing: Goodhue meets to sketch school additions

The Goodhue Facilities Planning Committee met on Dec. 6 to discuss design concepts for the school district. The committee members talked about what they would like to see in small groups shown here. The groups would then discuss with lead architect Jennifer Tuttle from LSE Architects. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia

GOODHUE — After seeing the school bond pass a month prior, the Goodhue Facilities Planning Committee met on Dec. 6 to begin the design phase.

Now called the Design Committee, the group of almost 20 members began looking at where the construction will take place on the building.

The district is centralized in one building, originally built in 1935. Since then there have been additions, the last coming 15 years ago.

The committee comprises faculty, residents and School Board members looking to make sure the money voters approved goes to the right places.

Jennifer Anderson-Tuttle, the principal director of education and public sector for LSE Architects, was also present at the meeting/ Anderson-Tuttle worked with the committee prior to the referendum vote to help draw up plans.

Groups came up with similar plans on where they would like sections to go. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown MultimediaTuttle and her group needed to hear from the committee to confirm priorities and figure out where things will go.

The committee and district have highlighted many priorities for the school construction including new mechanical systems, having the school be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and security improvements.

Improving multiple classrooms, bathrooms and the lunch room was also discussed during the planning process.

At the meeting, Anderson-Tuttle split the members into groups that saw the original conceived plans to see where they want things to go.

After a half-hour, the groups presented, giving each other feedback on what they would like to see done and improved.

Mark Opsahl, the elementary principal, suggested putting elementary classrooms on a lower level and placing the new weight room next to the community walking track. Since both referendum request passed, additional funds will be allocated to the walking track, more classrooms and efficient building space underneath the cafeteria.

Staying focused

However, as Anderson-Tuttle said at the beginning of the meeting, the goal for committee members is to stay focused with their priorities and to figure out where these best fit inside the school. Later, once they are given a budget on their ideas, they can find out if they are able to accomplish all of their goals.

The flow of the building also was taken into consideration by the groups, to make sure the different grades don't overlap or students in a particular grade don't find themselves on opposite ends of the building.

Josh Wieme, activities director, and his group suggested increasing the ceiling height of the newly redesigned cafeteria, as well as making it more of an open concept.

The committee and district will discuss plans over the coming months, trying to put each puzzle piece in its perfect spot within the building.

Anderson-Tuttle and her team will come with a redesigned plan after hearing feedback from the committee.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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