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10/16/2012 4:16:00 PM
Williams Elementary renovation project out to bid
In other Williams School Board news, Fit Kids of Arizona reaches agreement with WUSD to help keep kids healthy

David Yankus

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - During the regular meeting of the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board on Oct. 10 Superintendent Rachel Savage provided the community and the school board with an update on the repairs and renovation of the Williams Elementary Middle School (WEMS) building.

She also stated that the extensive construction project has gone out to bid. Hunt Caraway Architects, the company in charge of initial repairs completed this summer may or may not be the company in charge of the rest of the renovation. The winning bidder has yet to be determined.

Savage hopes that phase one, of what will be a several phase project, will begin by Dec 1. Phase one includes the completion of the entire roof of the WEMS building, inside and out.

"Phase two will be the kindergarten classrooms, the library, computer lab, and locker rooms," said Savage. "Phase three will be the south classroom wing, phase four will be the north classroom wing, and phase five will be the auditorium."

According to Savage, because of the sloped floor and roof of the auditorium seats will be removed and scaffolding built. This final phase could then feasibly take longer to complete than the other phases, but Savage is confident that it will all be done in a timely manner and will not interfere whatsoever with students, teachers, or classes.

In other school board news, a representative from Fit Kids of Arizona spoke at the meeting regarding a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between his organization and WUSD. Started in 2009, the Fit Kids of Arizona program is based out of Flagstaff Medical Center and is focused on childhood obesity.

"Between Flagstaff Unified and Cottonwood Oak Creek school districts, K-5 data ranges is actually 31 percent, and that's at risk or overweight children. We want to bring that number down," he said. "The hospital is actually making the investment up front so we can keep some of these kids out of the hospital 30 years down the road."

The rep from Fit Kids of Arizona said they are really interested in working with kids now so that they are healthy long term. They want to encourage healthy lifestyles and promote smart decision-making, as well as provide after school activities such as a running program, which they already do in other districts.

According to the rep, Fit Kids of Arizona's intention is to open a satellite clinic at WEMS that is also open to the community as a whole and not just the district students. That way anyone identified by the school nurse or a physician who might be at risk can seek the help they need.

Savage also mentioned during the meeting that on Nov. 1 there will be a community teacher appreciation event at Young Life.

"It's a really special event," she said. "I understand that neighboring school districts and home school families have been invited."

Savage added that the event will feature guest speakers and that more information will soon follow.

A drum line has also begun at Williams High School every Friday. The board hopes that with more practices under their belts they will be able to perform at school sanctioned activities, sporting events, and district happenings.

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