Design charrette participants

C.G. Elementary PTA member Erin Brewer and Beth Saxman, C.G. Johnson teacher, are shown at Thursday’s community design charrette held by the DuBois Area School District and KCBA Architects to discuss building a new Wasson Elementary.

DuBOIS — KCBA Architects will develop ideas discussed by community members at last week’s design charrette presented by the DuBois Area School District and KCBA discussion facilitators on a proposed new Wasson Elementary School.

“The next steps are for us to work on some thoughts and options and then share them with the building committee at our next meeting and then with the board on March 22,” said Mike Kelly of KCBA.

Kelly said he thought the design charrette went very well.

“It is always so great to hear such positive comments and passion about the possibilities of this project,” Kelly said. “There were some very good ideas shared and everyone seemed to be very excited to dive in with their thoughts. We certainly didn’t have to struggle to push any of the conversations along. Everyone was quick to provide their thoughts and ideas.”

The design charrette focused on what a new Wasson Elementary School would look like if the DuBois Area School Board decides to build one.

A design charrette — an intensive planning session in which residents, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development — was an option provided by KCBA. The charrette is a forum that provided ideas and offered the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. It also allowed everyone who participated to be a mutual author of the plan.

The goal was to collaborate with a cross section of stakeholders from throughout the community, not just people from within the school district, but community members, and business members from outside the school district, as well as parents, said Superintendent Luke Lansberry.

There was representation from all four elementary schools shared thoughts and ideas.

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