The Wayne County Board of Education met last night (Tuesday) and approved reviewed design development drawings for the renovation at Monticello Elementary School. Derek Phillips with DECO Architect made the presentation to the board, explaining work that is planned for the interior as well as the exterior of the building. Plans inside the building include a new HVAC, new lighting and new flooring. There are plans to open the courtyard area at the school which is located right across from the library. The outdoor space in the courtyard will include some minimal landscaping and will allow classes to utilize that space as well. Phillips said that drop ceilings will be removed inside classrooms to help open them up and provide more light. Outside, plans include unifying the different building additions and creating one main entrance. They are also looking at improving parent pickup by creating two pickup lanes. The plans were approved by the board. The project is estimated to cost approximately $5 million. The board also approved schematic drawings for the Wayne District Services Building, which is currently the Area Technology Center Building. Once that facility moves, officials hope to begin renovation work at the building to bring together central office staff, as well as district technology. The board approved the drawings for that building, which were also presented by Phillips. During the meeting, the board heard an update regarding the construction at the new Area Career and Technology Center. Construction officials indicated that the completion date is November 1st for the project. The board approved a revised BG 1 for the track and soccer field project. Precision Construction was awarded the contract for the project at a cost of approximately $912,000.