COLUMBUS — The Columbus Unified School District is looking at a facilities improvement project in the future and is asking residents for their opinons on how it should be done.

“We’ve got educational facilities that need help,” Superintendent David Carriger said.

Carriger said several of the district’s buildings are needing repairs or improvements, including roof issues at Central Junior High School, the heavily damaged football stadium, a lack of air conditioning at the Columbus Unified High School Gymnasium and additional problems with flooding during heavy rains at central as well.

“We have no preconceived ideas or plans,” Carriger said. “Right now the board is just seeking input, I think that’s an important step right now.

“Step one is to try to get the community to think about this and determine if it’s time to address these issues for Columbus.

“Step two would be to form a committee to see what Columbus needs for the future.”

Carriger said many of the buildings in Columbus are more than 50 years old, so the committee would be thinking very long-term.

“It’s time to ask those questions and see what the community wants to do,” he said.

To that end a survey is available on the USD 493 Web site, and will be available at the upcoming parent-teacher conferences and will be mailed out to the district as well.