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August 15, 2013

Stage set for New Tech school in Clarksville

Clarksville school district prepares for building projects

CLARKSVILLE — Funds for New Tech High and existing buildings were lined out at Clarksville Community Schools’ board of trustees meeting on Tuesday.

Setting aside $2.7 million out of a savings account in their capital projects fund, the district is setting up for construction on the interior and exterior of the Value City property along Eastern Blvd. as the August 2014 open date approaches.

Kim Knott, superintendent, said taking the money out will reduce appropriations from the fund for 2013.

Kim Knott added that in 2014, an additional $1.8 million will be taken out of the fund for New Tech as well. She said the money should bring the new high school up to about 25,000 square feet.

The board also adopted a design-build concept for the project, which puts the design and the construction with the same firm.

The board also passed three resolutions to use bonds to fund building projects at each of the district’s three existing schools, totaling just less than $5.3 million.

Knott said after the meeting that  the bond for Clarksville High School — coming in at about $2 million — will fund work on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit as well as an update to the performing arts center.

The middle school, which hasn’t seen a major remodel since it was built in the 1960s, will use a $1.5 million bond to replace roofing, reorganize locker bays and work on the kitchen areas. Knott said the school might undergo a broader remodeling project once those are complete, but those areas should stay about the same with a new remodeling project.

At the elementary school, a $1.6 million bond should fund additional bathrooms on the bottom floor, as well as expand the cafeteria.

Knott said with debt falling off from the high school project in 2016, she expects the bonds to keep the community tax neutral after next year.

The board also unanimously approved Kim Baumann as the elementary school’s new principal.

Baumann comes to the district from her job as principal at Silver Creek Primary School in West Clark Community Schools.

“This is a true gift to be a part of what is going on at Clarksville Community Schools,” Baumann said. “I hope to do great things for the students and families of Clarksville.”

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