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Some exciting physical changes are coming to Pioneer School District over the next 24 months, the Board of Education learned at its Jan. 8 regular meeting.

Jeff Nunn of Gordon Jones Associates—the district's architectural partners—shared details of some initiatives that will be part of $10.53 million in improvements green-lighted by voters, 209-36, on July 26. 


Mr. Nunn spent much of last fall working with the Pioneer Middle School music department in redesigning the music suite within the existing footprint. The current space is woefully small, underequipped and inadequate for the growing number (500+) of students involved in music there.


Mr. Nunn said the plan calls for a complete demo of the current suite of choral, orchestra and band rooms. He also said the new design is similar in many ways to the performing arts wing added to the high school five years ago, right down to the Panther Paw and words of inspiration embedded into the floors. 


The choral room will have retractable risers. The larger orchestra and band rooms will have spaces for lessons and practice. There will be new offices for teachers, as well as storage for instruments and sheet music.


A special education classroom in the area of the current music suite will also be rebuilt.


Mr. Nunn also displayed plans for several upgrades to the middle school cafeteria, as well as the parking areas and drop-off lane at Delevan Elementary School. Sidewalks there will be fitted with a snow-melt system for the first time. 


Another aspect of the project will relocate the connecting road between Pioneer High School and Pioneer Middle School. The road will to be moved north by approximately 27 feet to avoid infringing on an Arcade Electric power line right-of-way. The new road is to have two 12-foot traffic lanes and a 6-foot pedestrian lane. Mr. Nunn added the new road will include a guardrail between the traffic lane and the pedestrian lane, as well as a replacement for the current chain-link fence. 


Athletic fields will be preserved, and the south faculty parking lot at the high school will be rebuilt. The project is currently in the review stage by the state Education Department. Bids are to advertised in late March, with possible awarding of bids in early May. Construction could begin in June 2019, with scheduled completion by November 2020. 

Jeff Nunn  

ABOVE: Jeff Nunn of Gordon Jones Associates presents architect drawings of improvements to the Pioneer Middle School music suite.



ABOVE: Choral and orchestra rooms receive a completely new footprint, right down to the walls, ceilings and floors.