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Tours of new school building available

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The New Albany-Plain Local School District is offering residents tours of its new building, part of which is expected to open this fall.

"Going all way back to last winter, when we began the community involvement and engaged the community, people have wanted to know what the building is going to look like and there's been great interest in its development, construction and the potential use of facility," said district spokesman Patrick Gallaway. "People have wanted to get inside and take a look and summer is a good time for that, so we set aside time to do it. That's essentially what led to the community tours."

The first two tours on June 10 and 24 attracted 25 people, with 10 on the first tour and 15 on the second, Gallaway said.

"We're excited about response," Gallaway said. "We do have a lot of people signing up sporadically through the August dates, so that's pretty exciting."

The next tours are scheduled July 8 and 22 and Aug. 5 and 19. All tours are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and are limited to 15 people per tour.

Residents who wish to take the tour must be 18 years or older and register online at napls.us.

Gallaway said a fall open house would allow students to see the building.

Because the site is under construction, residents going on the tour are asked to wear shoes with a hard sole and pants. They will be provided with hard hats, safety vests and goggles that must be worn during the tour.

District officials and representatives of the contractor, Corna Kokosing Construction Co., will lead the tour.

The school district is using funds from a $45.1 million, 2.59-mill bond issue approved in November 2012 to build the two-story, 150,000-square-foot facility for 1,200 students in grades 2-8.

The district also received $1.5 million from the New Albany Community Foundation, $1 million of which was donated by Leslie and Abigail Wexner and the rest by an anonymous donor, for the project.

Construction began June 10, 2013. Twelve classrooms should be in use by the start of the 2014-15 school year and the rest should be complete by January 2015.

The project includes a separate gymnasium and several site improvements to improve traffic flow.

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