The addition would be constructed at the rear of the auditorium in an area that is currently used as parking, as well as for marching band practice, Sorrell said. This construction would result in a loss of 26 parking spaces. Sorrell said the site has around 1,100 parking spaces and added that staff considers a 26-space reduction to be negligible for day-to-day operations.
Plans also include the addition of a canopy walkway connecting the main high school and auditorium facilities, as well as improvements to the parking lot adjacent to the building addition, he said.
Mike Ruetschle of Ruetschle Architects was in attendance Monday and said the expansion project, which involves partnership with Miami Valley Career Technology center, will offer workforce learning opportunities for students beyond college pathways.
“If any of you have tried to bid anything or look for a contractor or HVAC tech, it’s difficult, so for Wayne to offer the students in the community this opportunity, it’s really exciting,” Ruetschle said.
The current Wayne High School building was part of a $186 million project to build it, along with a middle school and five elementaries after voters approved a 6.92-mill bond issue in 2008, which provided just under half of the constructions costs. Council approved development plans in 2009 and the new high school officially opened in January 2013.