Renderings show plan for interior spaces of new Boyle middle school

Published 6:15 pm Friday, December 14, 2018

The Boyle County Board of Education got a closer look at what the inside of the new Boyle County Middle School may look like Thursday night, as Joey Clark with architectural firm Clotfelter Samokar shared renderings showing how many of the bigger spaces may appear.

“We’ve done the best we can to balance aesthetics and common sense in what we’re doing,” Clark told the board and a handful of school staff who have been consulted as the design and colors are chosen.

Clotfelter Samokar
Collaborative classrooms on the second floor will feature circular “donuts” of different carpet tiles, creating a sense of separate spaces while allowing the larger area to be used when appropriate. School officials were mostly in favor of the color scheme in this rendering Thursday night, but a final decision has not been made.

Superintendent Mike LaFavers asked Clark if there was anything he would have done differently than what the middle school plan currently looks like.

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“I’ll speak candidly. I would have liked to have seen the classroom wings be a little more unique from the rest of the building,” Clark said. “That was sort of my vision, but I don’t teach here. They’re your students, they’re your faculty. You all work here. It’s going to be your all’s workplace; it’s going to be your all’s home. There’s certainly nothing wrong with what you all have sent back to us or with what we’ve produced. I think it’s a fine space and you all should be very proud of it.”

The board and staff were very positive about the renderings they viewed, with many saying it made them excited to see what the finished product could look like.

“We really appreciate all the work Joey you and the team put in on this,” LaFavers told Clark. “There’s no doubt about it — it’s going to be an awesome school.”

“We can’t wait to see you guys in it,” Clark said.

Construction on the more-than-$30 million school began in January, with the goal of opening the new Boyle County Middle School for the 2019-20 school year.

The current Boyle County Middle School will be renovated to serve as Woodlawn Elementary School; and the current Woodlawn Elementary School will then be outfitted to serve as the school district’s alternative school and central office.

The new school will include a gymnasium that can seat 900 and an auditorium that can seat 500, with an orchestra pit and fly loft for large productions.