After a summer of uncertainty, Wellington superintendent Dennis Mock now has a plan for administrators and buses once the new McCormick Middle School is complete.
He announced at the board of education meeting Tuesday that administrators will move into Westwood Elementary sometime in November when students say goodbye to the original McCormick.
With all the cutbacks and moves in the district, three classrooms were left empty at the elementary school. About 10 administrators will squeeze into one small and two large rooms.
Mock said he isn’t sure who will be in which room but will find a way to make it work.
“It’s not the best but we can do it for six or seven months,” he said.
Moving to Westwood won’t cost the district anything, but there’s still the issue of six empty classrooms at the new McCormick.
“Well the question is, do you want to move the eighth grade over there for six or seven months to fill those up or wait until the third grade comes over the following year?” Mock said. “I just hate to see six new classrooms sit there.”
He said moving the eighth-graders into the new building may be difficult because the middle school and high school aren’t on the same schedule. The district is still exploring its options.
School buses will move to the football stadium parking lot sometime in November after the football season ends.
Mock said the stadium is ideal for use as a bus lot because it’s paved.
He’s getting quotes from a local electrician to price out the cost of an electrical box and fencing. He expects it to be somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000 to install.
Diesel vehicles need to be plugged into an electrical outlet in the winter months in order to start. When temperatures drop, the oil gets too thick to run smoothly through the engine and must be heated.
The buses, electrical box, and fencing will all be moved to Westwood sometime next summer.
Mock said the elementary school property will need to be expanded to accommodate the district’s 13 buses and one van. He’s still researching what that might cost.
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Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise
Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock gives an update on the relocation of administrative offices and district buses.