Central High School Workshops
May 14, 2013
Students, coaches, and parents can help design two major additions at Central High School in Davenport. Tonight the district will hold the third in a series of six "community workshops" to plan a new pool and auditorium.
Scott Martin, Director of Operations for the district, says the current auditorium dates back to when the school was built in 1904.
"The stage is extremely small. It was fine for what it was intended in 1904, but the way school programs grow, it no longer is sufficient for the students involved in the different activities."
The lights, sound, and accoustics are also out-of-date.
Martin says the swimming pool is more recent - it was built in 1959 - but has only four lanes. Most pools these days have at least six, allowing more space for competition and for practices.
"There are no diving teams at Central because of the limited depth of the pool, and also the height of the ceiling. We would bring in 2, one-meter boards and have the correct depths and heights for them to begin having divers on their teams."
He thinks the most likely location for a new pool and auditorium would be on the south side of Central High School, but that would mean losing some parking spaces, which also has to be taken into consideration. Tonight's community workshop begins at 6:30 in the school cafeteria. Martin would like to take some preliminary concepts and sketches to the Davenport school board on May 28th.