Denali & Nordale
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There will be a school bond election on Tuesday, October 8, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska.
3 propositions will be on the ballot: (Update: This election has now come and gone.)
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Proposition 2 called for the destruction
of Nordale Elementary School and for the building of a new school
nearby on the same site. Proposition 2 calls for the expenditure of 15
million dollars of the public's money to replace Nordale. The plan is
to first build a new school nearby, while the students continue to learn at
the original Nordale. When the new building is completed, the order would
be given to destroy the original historic Nordale school building.
Proposition 2 barely passed. 51% voted "yes" and 49% voted "no".
I attended Nordale in 1961 for the first grade, and will be sorry to see the demolition of this school.
The structure of Nordale school is a little
bit better than that of Denali. Nordale has more steel rebar in the solid
poured concrete exterior walls than what Denali has. Concrete gets stronger
as it gets older, so Nordale is as strong today, if not stronger, as when
it was built in 1953.
Nordale is not an ornate building, but it has a distinctive architectural style with its daylight basement, and strong concrete exterior walls. It is nice to come across a building with historical character.
When tourists come to town, they like to see Fairbanks history. Driving through town can help describe the story and character of a community.
For instance, if one was to drive from City Hall (originally Main School - 1934), and then past Nordale, and then over to to Tanana Middle School on Trainor Gate Road, one would experience a trip through 3 different eras of educational architecture. This is interesting.
Yet the inside of a historic building can be fitted with modern telecommunication wiring and any other desired amenities. This is the case with Nordale, due to a 1996 bond election that authorized a wiring upgrade for computers.