By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey’s new school will be expanded by four classrooms, after the school board approved a resolution during a special meeting Monday morning.
Superintendent Mike Wank said about 4,600 square feet will be added to the elementary wing, split between each level of the two-story building, which is under construction off South Vance Street. The nearly $800,000 of additional work will add several weeks to the construction schedule, he said, but the building is expected to be completed by mid-2016 and occupied for the 2016-17 school year.
The building will house pre-kindergarten through senior high school students. It will replace the East South Street building, which is expected to be demolished.
The new classrooms will be used for a computer area, expanded preschool, and reading intervention. The fourth classroom will provide space for future needs. The district has a preschool classroom now, but expects to expand the program, Wank said.
The nearly $30 million project is under budget.
Wank presented the idea of additional classrooms in April, and the administration waited for Fanning-Howey Architects, Celina, to design the classrooms, and Gilbane Building Co., the Columbus-based general contractor, to estimate the cost. The estimate includes furniture.
“We have one chance to do this right,” Wank said about the project after the meeting.
Action was necessary now to keep the project on schedule and to meet state School Facilities Commission requirements. The additional classrooms were previously considered as construction plans were being developed, but were put on hold.
The commission must approve the proposal because it was not included in the initial project, covered 70 percent by the state.
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