Although crews have been on site since early this year, a small crowd gathered Tuesday night for a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at McKenney-Harrison Elementary School.
The ceremony recognized work that is underway as part of the school’s million building project. Final completion of the project is targeted for later in 2017, architects have said. The project has an estimated price tag of $16.48 million. The district has accepted bids totaling $14.68 million.
Construction of phase I, which includes new kindergarten and first-grade classrooms and the cafeteria, began in February. Students are expected to move into the new portion by Christmas of 2015, and demolition of the Harrison building will begin in early 2016. New construction of the section along Indiana Avenue that will house classrooms and the administration office will begin in spring 2016.
Students will occupy the new Harrison building in late 2016 or early 2017, and demolition of the existing McKenney building will take place in early or mid-2017, architects have said. Renovations to existing facilities, including the gym, art and music rooms and media center, will take place during summers and should be complete by the end of 2017.
Superintendent Sherry Grate commended the district for the process it used to arrive at a final building project proposal. The board sought community input and conducted a series of workshops and public meetings in order to come up with a design for the school. Grate said the district is pleased the new school building will remain at its current location.
“I think that the process has been very thorough,” Grate said. “The community is very receptive.”
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Written by Kathryn Bassett