New Albany News

New school building

Officials hope to have six classrooms open by 2014


New Albany-Plain Local officials have determined the district needs at least six classrooms in its new school building to be open by the fall of 2014.

Kevin Harrison of the Harrison Planning Group told the school board Aug. 26 the new two-story, 150,000-square-foot building might open in phases, as was the case with other school buildings on campus.

Harrison said 12 classrooms on the first floor in the east wing could be open by the fall of 2014.

The work includes finishing teacher collaboration rooms, conference rooms, teacher workrooms and restrooms, as well as adding more playground space.

By opening part of the new building, the district could eliminate the two modular classrooms by the 2-5 elementary building, Harrison said.

He said the rest of the building and the gymnasium could open during through the 2014-15 school year.

School board President Laura Kohler asked how the students would get food if the cafeteria is not open.

Harrison said the district's cafeteria staff would be able to handle food services for the new building until the cafeteria opened.

Board member Cheri Lehmann asked how students would be separated from construction workers.

Harrison said the second floor would be closed off to students and a temporary wall would separate them from construction workers on the first floor.

Harrison said trying to accelerate the construction schedule and open the entire building in the fall of 2014 could cost the district more money.

The building and accompanying site improvements are being funded by a $45.1-million, 2.59-mill bond issue local voters approved last November.