School board approves $51K for new Student Union furniture

With the construction of the building project ahead of schedule, trustees approve the purchase of furniture so students can utilize the building upon completion.
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The Board of Trustees approved an agreement with MeTEOR Education to purchase furniture for the new student union building at Winters High School at the Winters Joint Unified School District School Board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5. The expenditures are aligned with an approved Measure D budget line item and in total amount to $51,825.16. Mary Fitzpatrick, Bond Project/Program Manager with Van Pelt Construction Services, reported the building contractor is ahead of schedule on the construction of Building U and expects to be completed by the end of October, early November. The application of plaster is almost complete and will be followed by laying the outside bricks.  She said she would place the order on Friday of last week to ensure the furniture arrives in time for placement so students can begin to utilize the building and outdoor seating area upon completion. The original plan had the scheduled opening of the new building for November/December 2019. The new WHS Student Union includes movable tables and chairs to allow for student groups to collaborate as needed. One of the walls includes panels that open up to allow students to group in an outside setting, as well as an outdoor area set up with tables. The approved color palette includes neutral gray, beige in addition to pops of color from traditional Warrior-inspired red. [caption id="attachment_778065" align="alignright" width="1024"] Image by MeTEOR Education/Courtesy image[/caption] MeTEOR Education representatives met with Winters JUSD staff, teachers and community members at the Measure R, D, P Committee Meetings to review furniture usage, needs and concerns. Fitzpatrick said WHS teacher Kate Humphrey was a teacher on the deciding committee.  “She had great suggestions for the tables—Open ended so kids could sit on all sides. She thought it would be great for the kids so they can eat together,” said Fitzpatrick. Karina Del Toro, the school board Student Representative, said she also met with Fitzpatrick and representatives to share feedback.  “I really like the design and the idea that everyone will get to group around and socialize,” Del Toro reported at the meeting.]]>

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