Cost and size grow as committee weighs input from staff and students.

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BEAR CREEK TWP. — Steady progress is being made on the preliminary plans for the new Bear Creek Community Charter School in what one school official on Thursday night called a “very dynamic design process.”

The school’s joint operating committee met for nearly two hours with the new building’s design team on Thursday, reviewing and discussing plans that are currently over budget in both cost and square footage. School Chief Operating Officer Jim Smith said the process has been dynamic and ever changing as priorities and required items are balanced against wish list and design options.

Smith and the design team said that in this early phase much time is being spent listening to input from staff and students, identifying things that would make the new building practical and convenient while incorporating things that will enhance the school’s environmental focus, such as integrated outdoor learning areas and eco-friendly design features.

Early plans call for overlapping structure sections with separate wings for elementary and middle school, a natural learning area in the middle of the school, a cafeteria and food service area and a gymnasium.

The board and design team discussed options for a stage/performance/music area and reviewed some early concept drawings that showed the front of the school clad in stone and a durable manufactured product that resembles wood lap siding, with several overlapping pavilion-type roofs held up by large timbers.

In a public board meeting that followed the design discussion, the board approved the engagement of Acentech to perform acoustical consulting for the new building at a cost not to exceed $13,950.

The trustees also approved a 24-month agreement with Constellation Energy for electric generation for the existing school at a rate of $0.0636 through April 23, 2015. The company provided the lowest responsible proposal.

In other business, the board added Lois Elick to the substitute school nurse list and Megan Frantz and Megan Hoops to the substitute teacher list. Each position pays $100 per diem.

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