The Payson Unified School District is reinstituting all-day kindergarten next year, but may not have room for all the classes.
District officials say they can probably get through next year with some creative shuffling at Payson Elementary School, but still need a long-term solution.
Down to two elementary schools since the closure and sale of Frontier Elementary School, the district has only a few ways to expand.
Recently, a four-person committee considered a plan to add classrooms to PES using $1.2 million from the sale of Frontier to a Christian school.
District Maintenance Director Todd Poer told the school board Thursday the best option was adding four classrooms, each with a bathroom, to the back of the school where a garden area is now.
The addition would blend with the rest of the school, down to the same carpet and windows.
Poer said the committee, which also consisted of Donna Haught, PES principal; Joni de Szendeffy, district director of technology and a parent, believe the district might have just enough to build the additional classrooms.
Poer said $1.2 million was not enough to add a multi-purpose room.
Board member Rory Huff pointed out that the logical place for the additional classrooms was where crews had added solar panels several years ago.
Board president Barbara Underwood said she would like to see a master plan for the school to avoid hiccups like this in the future.
She said the board has never discussed what would happen if the district starts to grow. Would it add a new school or expand onto PES and FES, she asked?
And if they did add onto the existing schools, would the campus look piecemealed together like the high school? she asked.
“I don’t want to see a Band-Aid like we saw at the high school for so many years,” she said.
Poer said no master plan exists for any of the schools.
Board member Shirley Dye agreed the district needed to take a closer look at future construction.
Huff said the solar panels installed at PES also block expanding that school.
The board asked whether an architect could come up with several addition options at PES.
Poer said that would be cost prohibitive.
With several unanswered questions, the board decided to table the issue to an upcoming meeting.