Visitors tour Fairfield High School
Faculty and students of the Fairfield High School gave tours of the high school Sunday afternoon in an effort to educate the public about which portions of the high school would be renovated if the bond issue passes.
Mark and Laura Taglauer have a son in high school, Trent, and another, Mitchell, in middle school. The couple studied a concept drawing of the proposed renovations that was set up in a hallway at the high school.
“This is the first I’ve seen of what they’ve got drawn up,” Mark said.
Laura said she is of the opinion the high school needs renovation. She said her son Mitchell will be particularly excited at the addition of a larger wrestling room. Mark said Trent is in band and choir, and that he has heard from his son that the school could use new music rooms, too.
“Our oldest son also complains that there are things they can’t do in science because of the facilities,” Laura said.
Ron and Bev Nelson’s son Trent is in eighth grade, and the three of them toured the high school Sunday. Bev said the locker rooms looked to be in bad shape, and she said the science room wasn’t large enough.
“The band and chorus rooms are too small,” she said.
Bev has visited new schools in southeast Iowa such as the one in Keokuk. She said there’s no reason Fairfield can’t have a school like that.
“I graduated from here, so in a way I like the old school,” she said. “But at the same time, it’s time for updating. The electrical wiring is subpar.”
Trent Nelson said his impression of the high school was that the building needed work.
Three high school seniors helped guide the visitors through the school. The three were Darrin Dimmitt, Katie Anderson and Jennifer Clements. They said they reviewed the proposed renovations to the high school earlier that day.
“We all kind of know this building,” Clements said. “It’s nice to be able to explain it to others.”
If the bond referendum passes, those three seniors will have graduated before any of the renovations materialize. Nevertheless, Dimmitt said he hopes the bond passes so the school can enjoy better athletic facilities. Anderson said she hopes it will pass, too, so the building can become more handicapped-accessible.
Fairfield Community School District activities director Jeff Courtright said he, principal Aaron Becker and assistant principal Brian Stone are available to give tours to people who missed Sunday’s tour.