By Angelo Parlove
The Saline Area Schools Board of Education has lost its usual spot at the Liberty School Media Center for its meetings over the next couple of months.
Due to summer bond projects, the Liberty School, including its media center, will undergo significant construction in the upcoming months. “Tonight is our last meeting in the Liberty Media Center as it stands today,” Superintendent Scot Graden told board members at their May 9 meeting. “By the time we have our first meeting in June, we will be removed from this building as construction and different processes for the summer construction will be underway.”
The school board was already scheduled to visit Saline High School for their May 23 meeting, then will continue on the road for the remainder of the summer. The June 13 meeting will be held in council chambers at Saline City Hall, while the August 8 meeting will take place at Morris Hall in Pittsfield Township.
Saline Area Schools is coordinating with Lodi Township for the June 27 school board meeting, which will host budget discussions, to be at the Lodi Township Hall. The July meeting is still to be determined, but the district hopes it will happen at the Saline Township Hall, Graden said.
When construction is completed at the end of summer, the board meetings will return to the newly remodeled Liberty Media Center. “We are focusing on going out to the various town halls,” Graden said. “We will be back again in September.”
The district expects to complete another $13 million in projects over the summer as part of the $67.5 million bond proposal that was passed by voters in November 2015. While construction will touch every building, the majority of the work will center on the middle school, high school and Liberty in 2017.
Liberty will get a secure main entrance and overhaul of the board room to improve the environment for meetings and other community gatherings. The building will also see the remodeling of community ed and the front area of the central administrative office, which will boast a kiosk for online enrolling.
Further, the construction will make room for Pooh Corner to be relocated to Liberty at the end of summer and include a new playground.