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New Ferris school plans to be final in January

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JIM WILLIAMS
Ellis County Press

FERRIS - Plans for the new second- and third-grade campus could be final when the Ferris Independent School District Board of Trustees next meet Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building.

'I look to finish up the plans in January,' architect Dale Rabe said at the FISD Board meeting there Tuesday night, Dec. 19. 'We're working on the site plan. There's a lot more to the floor plan now. We're working out larger scale plans.'

Rabe said there would be vinyl top floors and walls with carpet on them.

He said water faucets and toilets will have electric eyes for turning on and off. Sinks will be outside restrooms.

Rabe said all classrooms would be carpeted.

High ceiling and high windows would be in the school's library.

There would be carpeted walls inside the play gymnasium.

All interior walls of the school would be insulated.

'You won't hear noise from the classroom next door or from the hallways,' Rabe said.

He said each classroom would be equipped with a flashing strobe light and alarm in the event of fire.

There would be fire sprinklers throughout the building.

Rabe said the building's air conditioning would have filter grills in the ceilings with any access for changing.

He said there would be plenty of janitor closets with mop sinks and storage space for cleaning supplies.

Student lockers would be 12 inches by 12 inches in width and 30 inches in length.

'That's pretty good because we usually give second- and third-graders a cubby, which is 12 by 12 by 12,' Rabe said.

He said there would be cabinets and bookcases in the classrooms. There would be a teacher's cabinet with a lock in each classroom.

'Overall, we're in good shape to have our plans done by January,' Rabe said. 'To be done in January, we don't want to make any changes. Selection of interior and exterior colors will be selected after construction starts.'

He projected ground breaking sometime in March 2001.

Rabe said construction would take 15 to 18 months with the school ready to open in August or September 2002.

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