The public on Tuesday got a preview of what was called preliminary schematic designs for the new buildings at the high school.
After sending out about 11,000 postcards to all residences in the Anacortes School District, only about 55 people showed up for the afternoon community meeting at the middle school and a smaller number were on hand for the evening session.
After the presentation, the audience was able to get close-up views of the designs.
The schematic design will be presented to the school board on Thursday, Nov. 12, with a board vote set for Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Schematic designs consist of layouts showing how new buildings and renovations will be places and includes layouts for classrooms in the buildings, but not what the buildings will actually look like. That involves the next phase, according to architect Kevin Oremus of Seattle, which will be the design development phase.
A year ago, voters approved raising taxes and allowing the school district to sell bonds to finance the nearly $89 million construction and renovation of the high school.
Work on upgrading Rice Field as the new track, football and soccer field to replace the current War Memorial Field is set to start first. That will happen next spring, with completion set for the start of school next fall.
In turn, that will allow construction of a new high school classroom building to start in 2016 with completion. they hope, for fall of 2018.