Junior Senior High School RENOVATION Project


UPDATE: 1-19-2022

The floor plan was officially approved so that the architect firm will be able to begin the process of building official construction documents. The oversight plan for the project and potential future projects was presented to the board for feedback.

UPDATE: 12-17-2021

Act 34 Hearing was held on December 16, 2021. This hearing is required when new construction exceeds 20% of the overall project.

UPDATE: 7-21-2021

At the July 20, 2021 Board Voting Session, it was decided to bring 6th grade up to the newly renovated building when it is completed. A middle school of grades 6-8 will be created along with a high school of grades 9-12.

Updated:

Like most items, the cost of everything around us continues to increase. Unfortunately the construction industry has been hit hard and as a result it has driven the price of the overall project up to the range of $66-$72 million. The difference in range includes a number of alternates that have been included in the project as potential options for the district to explore if it makes sound financial sense. These alternates include different flooring options, relocation of district office to the JSHS, solar power, a maintenance facility, and upgrades to our parking lots.


Original Message:

Over the last two years, our school board and leadership team have been engaged with an architect firm in order to determine where our district needs to go when it comes to the Junior-Senior High School. For anyone that has been in the school in the last few years or even on a daily basis, you know that the school is in need of renovation. The building has served us well over the last 55 years, but with major systems needing upgrades and the current building not meeting many of our educational needs it was time to make some decisions. With the help of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh, and Associates, several options were laid out and presented to our school board. After much discussion, during this past board meeting, the Board approved a renovation project in order to make a huge investment into the education of our students and community.

While the decision to take on a major renovation was not an easy one, one aspect that has made the decision a little easier is the financial outlook of the district. As you know, over the last five years, the district has been able to reduce property taxes. Our real estate millage is the second lowest in the county and lower now, than it was a decade ago. Through fiscal restraint and strategic budgeting, along with development within the district, we are able to undertake a $56 million renovation project without the need to raise taxes to pay for it. We are confident that at the same time we embark on the renovation project, we will continue the fiscal practices. This is certainly something we should all be proud of as very few districts can say this.

We are currently in the design phase will present a final design to the board for approval this fall. The hope is to go out to bid in next winter with construction beginning Spring-Summer of 2022. In order to keep everyone informed, we have devoted a portion of our district web site to the Junior-Senior High School renovation project.

As always, please feel to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Andy Netznik

Superintendent