The finance committee took center stage with funding options during Monday's New Albany-Plain Local school board meeting, but the facilities committee also presented a list of needs.

The finance committee took center stage with funding options during Monday's New Albany-Plain Local school board meeting, but the facilities committee also presented a list of needs.

At the top of a list of district facility needs from the 24-member committee are a 5-6 building and an addition to the K-1 elementary school. District officials said 2.5 mills would be needed to fund those two projects.

"Some things we need now, or we actually needed a few years ago," committee member Tracy Hohman said. "Some things we'll need in a few years."

A new 5-6 building would eliminate stress in the already overcapacity 2-5 building and middle school, Hohman said.

The new school would be built to the north of the 2-5 building and cost about $27-million for 102,000 square feet. The two-grade school would have its own cafeteria and gym and hold about 800 students.

The addition at the K-1 school would add about 20,000 square feet and cost $7-million. The 10 new classrooms would be built beside the playground and hold about 187 additional students.

Other campus work on the list includes upgrades to the high school and middle school cafeterias that would mean more seats for students, security upgrades and new computers. Athletics-field upgrades, transportation and land acquisition also are needed, in addition to academic and wellness expansions at the high school, Hohman said. She estimated high school improvements would not be needed until 2012.

School board member Mike Klein asked about using the 1925 Building currently occupied by the Columbus Jewish Day School for more space. The CJDS will vacate the building after the next school year.

Facilities coordinator Rick Aronhalt said the district has looked into using the building and estimated it would take about $7- to $8-million to get the school to current standards.

Superintendent Steve Castle said it would be difficult to fit even one grade in the building, but officials are looking into using it for additional space until new buildings are constructed.

"We're planning to use the building in the 2009-10 school year," Castle said. "We're already studying it, in terms of staffing and programming that make sense."

Aronhalt said it would take about 30 to 36 months to get the 1925 Building renovated and two years to get a new school built.