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October 7, 2012

East Park next on renovation list

DANVILLE — Plans for renovation work at East Park Elementary School will be unveiled Wednesday night at the Danville School District 118 meeting.

Superintendent Mark Denman said he and other staff spent Tuesday at Schmidt Associates in Indianapolis — the architects hired for the renovation project — reviewing the plans and various options.

East Park, which formerly was a junior high school until the 1980s, is the third and final school slated to be improved in the district’s three-year renovation project. South View Middle School was renovated in 2010-2011, and work at North Ridge Middle School is on schedule with completion scheduled in mid-December.

All three facilities originally were constructed as junior high schools in 1961.

Denman said the East Park project will be put out to bid in four packages: general contractor, electrical, plumbing and mechanical.

Unlike South View and North Ridge, the lockers — which are a leftover from its junior high days — won’t be replaced at East Park.

“The children at East Park don’t use lockers, so we won’t be looking to replace the lockers, we’ll be removing them,” he said.

Because the renovation projects were budgeted in such a way as to not affect the local school tax rate, and East Park is the last of the three schools to be improved, Denman said “money will dictate how much we can do.”

District 118 Business Director Heather McKiernan said bond advisers will be present at the Oct. 24 school board meeting, with bonds possibly being issued at the November school board meeting.

“We’re going to look at the money we’ve put aside and how we’re going to fund it,” she said of the project.

McKiernan said she had hoped there would be $8 million left for the East Park project, but since the equalized assessed valuation of the area has declined, the district has received less in its property tax levy in recent years.

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