The project proposal approved by the school board Jan. 28 will renovate seven elementary schools in the corporation, and add security measures to all 10 buildings.
A one-time bond issue of $26,035,000, paid over an eight-and-a-half-year term, will cost $31,115,000 to repay but not affect the debt service tax rate.
Because of the need to have flexibility in bids, in the resolution prepared for the 1028 preliminary determination hearing Feb. 18, there will not be a specific cost assigned to each building.
General plans for renovation have been established for each elementary school building, based on needs established by building committees, architects and Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger.
All of the elementary schools were built between 1954 and 1965, and only Jackson Township Elementary School has received major renovations in recent years.
Three elementary schools will have new construction on their buildings along with reconfiguration of current space.
East Side Elementary School will have 15,000 square feet of new construction added to the existing building. Within that space, three academic classrooms, an art room, a music room and expansion to the gym, cafeteria and kitchen will be housed.
In the current structure, the lighting system, mechanical system, electrical service, plumbing, bathroom fixtures and fire alarms will all be updated.
Exterior walls, foundation and masonry will be repaired, and the roof will be replaced with improved insulation.
Many of the existing building renovations are similar for all elementary schools.
Outside of the building, the playground will be improved and areas for parking and bus drop off will be expanded.
Meridian Elementary will add 12,000 square feet of new space, including two academic classrooms, student restrooms, expanded cafeteria, gym and kitchen and an elevator for Americans with Disabilities Act access.
The existing building and exterior will receive similar upgrades to the East Side project.
Staunton Elementary is the third school that can expect new construction. Schmidt Associates architects estimate 14,000 square feet of new space will be needed to replace the metal building on the property where classes take place now.
The space will create five new classrooms, new art and music rooms, a new cafeteria and extended storage.
Staunton will receive all of the updates to the existing building that Meridian and East Side are looking at, including a security vestibule and re-worked administrative space that will be included in all buildings.
Many of the elementary schools have spaces that are not functional for the way schools are used today.
Forest Park Elementary will not be adding on any square feet, but the cafeteria and kitchen will be relocated within the current structure so the gym can be used more for physical education.
Forest Park will also see a new roof put on the building and replacement of some of the original doors and fixtures in the building.
Just like the other elementary schools, Forest Park will have electrical and plumbing upgrades, an improved parking lot and masonry repair.
Because Van Buren Elementary was used as a high school facility for many years, there are parts of the building that are not currently being used. The art and music rooms will be expanded so the space can be used.
Through the years, Van Buren has been slowly settling into the foundation, but through the renovation the problem should be fixed, according to the proposal.
Electrical, lighting, plumbing and masonry upgrades will be done, as well as window replacements on the 1970's addition to the building.
Clay City and Jackson Township Elementary Schools need the least work of all the buildings.
Clay City can expect the security upgrade, roof repairs and replacement, upgraded plumbing and masonry and some carpet replacement.
Site work will be done to improved drainage around the building and parking.
Jackson Township, where renovations were completed in fall 2002, needs to be put on a forced main to the sewer. Currently, the building is on a septic system.
Some of the masonry on the building has been damaged by moisture, so they will be repaired along with completing window replacement that was started during the last project.
Jackson Township has an administrative area visible to the entrance of the building, so no modifications will need to be made to the office.
Included in the price of the project is security upgrades for the buildings not receiving renovations.
This will include better-locking doors, security vestibules and other measures.
The scope of the project does not include any work on a transportation facility or central office building.
The board will present the project to the community at a preliminary determination hearing Monday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m., at North Clay Middle School.