While all district schools would receive valuable security improvements and redesigned classrooms to support more flexible learning environments, Central Middle School (CMS) would have more extensive work done if the referendum is approved. These photos highlight a few of the current conditions at CMS that demonstrate the impetus behind the recommended changes.
- Central Middle School was built in 1959 as the district’s high school. The last-century multipurpose room serves as Central Middle School’s venue for plays, musical performances and large group gatherings. Because there is no storage space, stage and music equipment is left out in the room. The space is so small that performances often have to schedule multiple shows in one evening in order to accommodate all attendees. It is not considered one of Central Middle School’s most appealing spaces. The high school Performing Arts Center is booked frequently and rarely available for non-high school events, so middle school students do not have an alternative.
- If voters approve the referendum, a theater would be added to Central Middle School that would provide space for middle school student performances and be available for other schools and community use. It would also include music rehearsal and storage spaces.
- The cafeteria at Central Middle School is too small to serve all the students in a timely manner. Due to the small size of the lunch room and inadequate serving lines, the school runs five lunch periods between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and “split lunches” (students start class, leave for lunch, and return to finish class breaking up instruction and learning).
- If voters approve the referendum, the cafeteria would be expanded and improved, and lunch would be served over three lunch periods.
- Passing time at Central Middle School can be a tight squeeze. The school is a 1960s high school design, built to the specifications of that time. Schools designs have improved in 50 years. Moving the students through narrow spaces in short periods of time creates congested areas and accessibility issues.
- If voters approve the referendum, a classroom wing would be added to provide more space and accommodate the influx of 6th graders. Existing classroom spaces would be updated to allow for more flexible learning environments and commons areas. Modern classrooms support high student engagement and multiple ways of learning, so that all students can succeed.