At a previous board of trustees meeting in mid-February, the trustees were presented with two proposed plans for connecting the schools. They were discussed as a cost-saving measure although the funding source is yet to be determined.
One proposal at the February meeting, which did not receive wide support from trustees, was connecting the two with a single hallway. The other proposed plan which garnered more interest, involved connecting the two with a library.
Jimmy Jones, PfISD interim director of construction, said he met with parents and members of the Windermere community on Feb. 21 to discuss a possible joining of the two campuses.
A main concern among parents, Jones said, was the flow of students from one building to another. For this reason, PfISD Superintendent Doug Killian said he wants another meeting held to gather more input from parents on the idea.
PfISD trustees will hear a more detailed proposal at a PfISD workshop meeting May 3, ideally after hosting another input meeting for parents.
Several trustees said they wanted to communicate to members of the community that the idea is still in early stages and may not come to fruition.
“We need to let staff, teachers and parents know that a plan will not be acted upon until everything is good and makes practical sense,” trustee Renae Mitchell said. “I don't want to have anybody panicking because we're making a plan, and we're getting architectural input at this point.”
Jones also said presenting a plan on May 3 does not mean the district is automatically moving forward with it.
“The information we're providing at this point is purely for information purposes,” Jones said.