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November 12, 2013

Building on at NA-FC schools

Floyds Knobs, Green Valley may also get upgrades

NEW ALBANY — With three schools already slated for potential capital improvement projects, two more might get added to the list for about $2 million.

The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.’s board of trustees heard proposals on Monday from an architectural firm for an expansion of Floyds Knobs Elementary’s cafeteria along with window and other upgrades at Green Valley Elementary.

The presentations came after the Prosser Career Education Center, Slate Run Elementary and Green Valley Elementary schools were named as the renovation projects if the district pursues its referendum, projected to top out around $63 million.

Bill Wiseheart, director of facilities, was asked by board member Rebecca Gardenour why those schools were identified instead of others, such as Georgetown Elementary.

“It’s another building that would have, eventually, needs,” Wiseheart said. “We did a lot of addition to Georgetown, and we’re going to be finding these as we go, that we have a lot of buildings that have needs.”

Brad Snyder, deputy superintendent, said the smaller projects were identified by administrators to “spread the wealth” of upgrades across the county. He said while the funding could come from the referendum, he’d rather see them paid out of the district’s capital projects fund.

But the presentations from Michell Timperman Ritz Architects showed how the cafeteria at Floyds Knobs Elementary, which was the product of renovating a gymnasium and office space, could expand for seating more students and serving more simultaneously.

Some of the upgrades at Greenville Elementary included replacing carpet in older parts of the building, but also replacing many of the windows. Included are windows in the tunnel from the main portion of the school that leads into the gym, which Snyder said has leakage issues.

As the issue wasn’t an action item on the agenda, the board didn’t vote on whether to move forward with the projects. D.J. Hines, board president, said it might be a good idea to review some of the building needs on their latest facilities study to see if the problems at Floyds Knobs and Greenville are the most dire.

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