BARSTOW Closing down a school comes with a long to-do list, and preparations are underway to close down Barstow Intermediate School by the end of the school year and secure the property, according to Barstow Unified School District officials.

School staff members like Library Technician Julie Cordova have begun readying the library's 16,000 books and 25,000 additional textbooks, videos and DVDs for distribution among the elementary schools.

The library will likely shut down by the end of April or early May, according to Christina San Nicholas, BIS interim principal.

District officials plan to divide up school supplies and equipment ranging from computers to overhead projectors and distribute them to elementary schools roughly based on the number of BIS students returning to the school site, said Assistant Superintendent of Business Tony Wardell.

Barstow Junior High School and Barstow High School will not receive equipment from BIS, even if some current BIS teachers transfer to those schools, Wardell said.

The district has also begun talking with the city parks and recreation district about arrangements to maintain the BIS fields after the building closes, according to Gene Stoops, district maintenance and operations supervisor.

The potential arrangement would have the park and recreation district water and cut the grass so that soccer and little league practices and games could continue on the fields, said Stoops.

As a safety measure, the district plans to board up most ground level windows of the offices and portable classrooms. The district is also looking at installing alarm systems in the school's window-less multipurpose room and locker rooms to use as storage spaces, according to Stoops.

The district wants "to lay it up in good condition" for possible future use, said Stoops.

Wardell said the district estimated that BIS closure expenses would total about $20,000, a figure also cited in previous reports listing school closure scenarios.

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