A Ridgemont community update meeting was conducted for its new pre-K-12 building in the high school library Thursday.
Superintendent Emmy Davis described the planning process for the design of the building. It took nine months of touring other schools and soliciting feedback from staff and community members. Then the district sat down with architects to determine the values of the district, so those values could be used as the base for the design. Finally, a design team of about 20 to 25 people sorted through 12 designs to reach the current design (pictured below).
One of the biggest themes in the design was a community setting. The building will have extended learning areas centered around pods so specific grade levels can do extended work together, multi-age work, and collaborative and service learning projects with the community. A hallway that goes around the entire gymnasium will allow for wellness programs and community walking programs. The cafeteria will be designed like a cafe, combining the library, lunchroom, and stage area.
The district will add some new security features to the school. The district will require all visitors to use an intercom system to gain access to the school and guide them through the office. The district is also bringing in the Hardin County Sheriff's Office on the design team to add more security designs to the building.
Every kid will have access to technology in the new building. The building will be wired with Wi-Fi to allow for one-on-one computer interaction.
Davis discusses the planning process and design.
Maintenance Supervisor J. Mac Geissinger discussed the heating and cooling system for the building. The district is looking at Geo Thermal technology to heat the school. Geo Thermal pumps water through pipes that enter the ground. The water then collects the ground temperature, which is around 50 degrees year-round, and brings the water to the building to heat or cool the facility depending on the season. The water in the closed-loop system will never leave the pipes and is recycled.
Geissinger describes a Geo Thermal system.
The new building will be built on property donated by the Elliott family on State Route 273 just west of Mt. Victory. The building will be around 88,000-square-feet, with each classroom averaging 810-square-feet.