Central board nixes $2 million add-on
The Adams Central school board voted last night to nix the proposed add-on of a new gym to the schoolâ€™s $10 million dollar construction project, but has decided to use some of the elements from the proposed additional project, while still keeping the project within the $10 million dollar budget.
The boardâ€™s unanimous decision to not add on a gym at this time came after a lengthy public workshop on Tuesday night, and further discussion by the board at last nightâ€™s special session.
The elements of the $2 million that the board agreed to, include an addition by the north entrance that would enclose the canopy that is currently there, while adding space for administration offices, and classroom space, and a bank of restrooms to replace some older ones that need extensive repairs.
The decision to use the new design comes at a cost of replacing the roofs on the 100-200 wings, and re-coating the gym roof, which was a part of the original plan.
Board member Steve Maller spoke about the decision to eliminate the gym from the current project, saying, â€œEverybody would like to put up a nice gym.â€ He went on to state that the board has always kept the best interests of the students at heart, and that the time is not right for the second project.
Mike Brown agreed, saying â€œWeâ€™ll have a hard time if the public doesnâ€™t support this project.â€ He went on to say that he felt that the gym is needed, and recommended that it be addressed no later than the January board meeting. He added that doing a $2 million dollar project would not be a good idea with out calling for bids again.
Several other board members also agreed with the need to address the schoolâ€™s lack of gym space, and decided to begin discussion of adding more space at the December board meeting.Jeremy Ringger of Wiegand Construction announced that demolition for the north addition would begin on September 27. The groundbreaking ceremony is to be announced.
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