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Meeting focuses on outside appearance of new school

It’s not too late to voice an opinion about the new Selma High School.

Although the three Town Hall meetings have ended, Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan still encourages residents to write or call with suggestions and concerns.

“You all have spoken, and we are still listening,” Obasohan said. “Please, whatever you can do to help us, help us. It is our school.”

Obasohan assured attendees Thursday night that the Central Office and School Board will take the input and do the best they can to accommodate all concerns.

Of all the projects Leon Barkan, vice president of program construction management for Volkert & Associates, Inc., has in the state currently, he said the community input from Selma is one of the best.

“We truly want the community to have input in the project,” Barkan said.

Discussion for Thursday’s meeting was in relation to the exterior of the new school.

“From the road, it will take on a same presence,” Barkan said.

The building will look approximately like the existing structure, but with a contemporary and modernized look.

The roof will be a low-slope roof designed to shed rainwater. It also has a 20-year no dollar limit warranty, an impressive warranty length, Barkan said.

The next step is to take the plans to prospective construction contractors for bidding this summer.

Construction is set to begin in fall 2010 and be completed by spring 2012.

“The plan is, by the fall of 2012 for students to be in their new building, learning in their new classrooms,” Barkan said.