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4-school building job could cost $28 million

Excavation is underway as Corydon Intermediate School is prepped for expansion and renovation during the first phase of a Corydon Campus project encompassing all four schools and costing up to $28 million.
CIS is the target of the most extensive renovation. In fact, construction of a new facility was considered, but, Chet Michell of Michell Timperman Ritz Architects said the school is still a good investment.
All the schools will undergo improvements to their HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems, but the heavily corroded plumbing and outdated electrical system at CIS are slated for an overhaul.
Expansion planned for CIS includes a new wing running north to south and attached to the second floor. A new kitchen and cafeteria are to be located at the south end of that wing.
The vacated cafeteria space will become new administrative office space, and the former office space will be used for media center expansion.
The Corydon Campus project was undertaken not only to update the infrastructure of the schools but to increase their strained capacities.
James L. Shireman Inc. of Corydon is construction manager for the total Corydon Campus project.
CIS is the only school for which bids have been awarded. Contractors include Stevens Contractors, A & A Mechanical and J. George Electric, all of Louisville, and Westmark Products, an out-of-state cabinet manufacturer. All were the lowest bidders in their categories.
Bids have been received for Corydon Elementary School, but those are being held until the bids for the combined Corydon Central Junior High School and Corydon Central High School complex are also received.
Initial cost estimates were about $25 million for the total campus, but rising costs of steel and oil have pushed the cost to $28 million, said Carolyn Wallace, director of business operations at South Harrison Community School Corp.
The impact on taxpayers was estimated last year at an increase of 12 cents more than the 2003 rate but about nine cents less than the 2002 rate. That estimate should still be accurate due to capital projects funding available to offset the cost increase, Wallace said.
The corporation’s property tax revenue has benefited from an increase in assessed valuation, and the bonds that funded the construction of Corydon Central High School in the mid-1980s were paid off in 2004, accounting for the small change in property tax rates.
Major renovation and construction plans were determined last year.
Two ‘pods’ of kindergarten classrooms and new boilers are to be added at CES. The office will be moved to an addition adjacent to the gymnasium in the south parking lot.
The gymnasium will be expanded, the floor raised, and the wall between that space and the cafeteria removed. The kitchen will be moved to the opposite cafeteria wall, and a removable wall will separate the kitchen and gymnasium so that the space can be opened for large presentations.
Vacated office space will be dedicated to pre-school and special programs.
The combined junior and senior high complex has a capacity of 1,150 students, Wallace said, the same number of students enrolled during the spring 2004 semester.
Improvements at that building include major additions at the northeast corner. Five new math and five science classrooms are to free up additional space and provide updated science facilities.
The office is to be relocated to the first floor where the outdoor approach to the cafeteria is currently located. The vacated space will be occupied by an art classroom and auxiliary spaces.
The cafeteria is to be expanded, and the kitchen to be attached to the cafeteria’s east side, freeing up space for two additional classrooms and moving lunch lines from the hallway.
Other major changes include expanding the media center, moving the alternative school to within the complex, adding an auxiliary gym and moving the band room on the south side of the complex. The vacated band room is to become a conference room.