As the district looks into 2009, the 1925 Building on High Street is in the near future.

As the district looks into 2009, the 1925 Building on High Street is in the near future.

To deal with a growing enrollment, the New Albany-Plain School district will have to use the building at 79 N. High St. to house additional students until new school facilities are constructed.

The building currently is being used by the Columbus Jewish Day School but will be vacated this summer when the school moves into a new building on Dublin-Granville Road for the CJDS and the Columbus's Jewish Community Center's preschool.

The building on North High Street was built in 1925 and used by the New Albany-Plain Local Schools for several years, but the CJDS has occupied the space since 1999.

"There are still a lot of memories and tradition in the community with that building," district superintendent Steve Castle said. "I still talk to a lot of residents that were housed in that building. I don't want the community to think we're reluctant to go there, but it's not a long-term solution."

The district faces time constraints in readying the building for the 2009-10 school year -- the lease with the CJDS lasts until July and then the district will have about two months for needed renovations.

The district also wants to utilize the building at the minimum cost but work is needed to make the building meet federal ADA standards, which could eventually mean installing an elevator.

"We'll use the first floor initially," Castle said. "Using only the first floor will allow us the minimal amount of cost to get ready for the next school year."

While 100 students will use the building for the 2009-10 school year, Castle said, more students will need to be placed in the building as time passes and enrollment grows.

"Each year we're in it, we'll have to put more money in it," he said. "There are significant costs to upgrade to ADA standards."

The facilities committee has discussed the move to the 1925 building before and found the less money invested the better.

"The facilities committee did a study on the use of the 1925 building and did find that number one it's not a long-term solution. Number two if it does have to be used, let's not put any more money in it than needed," Castle said. "Number three, don't do a full renovation."

With only 100 students in the building the first year, Castle said the district is not sure how to establish which children will attend classes in the 1925 building.

Student placement, renovations and funding will have to be established soon though, as plans for the 2009-10 school year continue. Students will have to be in the 1925 building until the district passes a bond issue to construct a new school.

Castle said he's unsure when a bond issue will next go before voters, but building could be done quickly because the district already has plans for a 5-6 building.

"It's our hope and our responsibility to use the space available on campus. We hope our community sees the commitment to use the building and see it as a fiscally prudent way of doing business," he said. "But it's not a long-term solution."