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District ponders capital projects

In addition to the implementation of full-day kindergarten and universal pre-k, the board is considering creating a new "high tech" wing at the high school, restructuring Draper Middle School and building a new library at the school; all in addition to building a new transportation facility and updating the district's athletic fields, according to Adrienne Leon, communications coordinator for the district.

As a part of the "high tech" wing, the district would look to collaborate with organizations or businesses to prepare students for jobs in the high tech industry which are already available in the Capital District, like nanotechnology and biotechnology.

In restructuring Draper, the board is looking to create a "house system," where each grade would be a school within a school to provide students with more individual attention.

"This is really our long range vision for the future," Spring said. "In order for kids to compete in the 21st century we have to make them competitive through our programming."

The first phase of the district's long-range plan began in October when voters approved a $21.9 million building project for infrastructure improvements district wide.

Some to the district-wide improvements include the addition of an art wing at the high school, a new cafeteria, roof, and boiler at Pinewood Elementary School and other energy types of improvements according to Spring.

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