The Clay Community School Corporation School Board has decided on a renovation project for the school facilities it hopes the community will support.
The board voted 6-1 Monday at a special session meeting to present a $26,283,292 project to the public for a 1028 preliminary determination hearing in February.
Kyle Miller from Schmidt Associates reviewed the proposal for the board before it discussed options.
The project would, if approved, renovate seven elementary schools in the corporation, and update security for all 10 school facilities.
Eastside, Meridian and Staunton Elementary Schools would receive renovations and additions to eliminate the need for portable classrooms or the Staunton metal building.
Forest Park, Van Buren, Jackson Township and Clay City Elementary would receive renovations without new construction.
Renovations for these buildings range from minimal, for Jackson Township, to extensive, for Van Buren Elementary School.
The money would be bonded at one time at the end of 2008. It would take eight-and-a-half-years to repay, and would accumulate $5 million in interest making total repayment $31 million.
The debt service tax rate would not be affected.
The public will have a chance to voice its opinion at a Feb. 18 1028 preliminary determination hearing at North Clay Middle School, beginning at 6 p.m.
"I'm very excited that the board has chosen to move forward with a program for facilities that need to be addressed," Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger said. "I hope no one in the area chooses to remonstrate the program, because the board has listened in previous meetings, and found a compromise that should work."
The board hopes the project will free up some budgeted Capital Projects Fund money, which would have been used to keep up the elementary schools, to make improvements on the middle and high schools without a project.
The board also expressed its desire for the project to move through without a remonstrance.
President Terry Barr reminded the crowd of the cuts made on the Northview High School building project because of the increase in costs while a remonstrance delayed proceedings.
Jeff Qualkinbush from Barnes and Thornburg, Indianapolis, will draw up the resolution to be presented Feb. 18.
Board members Steve Grigsby, Dottie King, Len Fischer, Jim Guy, Brian Atkinson and Ted Jackson voted to approve the project to be presented at the hearing.
Barr abstained from voting.
Barr, King and Guy had expressed concern about leaving the secondary schools out, but King and Guy admitted the possibility of the smaller project being approved by the community.
After the meeting, Barr said the best possible outcome would be for the project to proceed as planned.
The board has a scheduled regular meeting for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7.