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August 2, 2013

New Tech now a go: Decision approved by redevelopment, Clarksville Schools

CLARKSVILLE —

As Clarksville Community Schools Superintendent Kim Knott put it Thursday night as she entered the district’s boardroom, the fat lady has sung.

Four months later than Knott expected, an agreement to transfer the old Value City department store to the school district was reached with the Clarksville Redevelopment Commission. Both entities passed resolutions in concurrent meetings to put the building in the school district’s possession to house its New Tech High School.

Bob Popp, president of the Redevelopment Commission, said though it hasn’t been easy coming to a resolution, he was glad to sign off on the agreement.

“A lot of work goes into something like this,” Popp said. “There’s always some bumps in the road, but when you come to the end you have common ground. This is an historical agreement because you have two governmental bodies here ... working as one to come up with a different type of education. This will not only serve the town of Clarksville, but will be able to serve Southern Indiana.”

The commission granted just less than 3.4 acres of the property, entirely in the old department store, for $1. Knott said though the timeline is off by several months, she’s confident they can meet the opening date for the school of Aug. 5, 2014.

Though the posting has been up for a while, Knott plans to get a hiring committee together for the school’s director now that the facility decision has been taken care of, she said.

She said the district will most likely complete the project in three phases at a total estimated cost of $6 million. 

The first phase will get the building ready for students in about 25,000 square feet of the facility. From there, the other phases will start when the first ends, with or without students in the building.

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