Plans For New Proposed New Jasper Elementary School Move Forward (w/VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – The proposed new Jasper Elementary School is one step closer to become a reality.

Monday night, the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Board voted unanimously to move forward with plans to building the new elementary school on 16 acres of land north of Jasper Middle School on North St. Charles Street.

The new elementary school will replace the outdated school buildings currently being used at 5th Street and 10th Street schools.

The price tag for the new building, which could be built in time for the 2019-20 school year, is an estimated $30.5 million.  The price tag includes money for needed improvements to Ireland Elementary.

Earlier this month at a public work session, GJCSC superintendent Dr. Tracy Lorey revealed that a recent survey of which about 600 local residents took part in showed overwhelming support (about 80%) for the new school replacing the other two. CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO

Lorey also says the school corporation’s debt service is at a point how where the new school building (and needed improvements to Ireland) will not raise the district’s debt service tax rate that it was in 2016.

Flood waters behind 5th Street School back in April that also submerged nearby Alumni Stadium. CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

Flood waters behind 5th Street School back in April that also submerged nearby Alumni Stadium. CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

An industrial vaccum is used to remove flood waters from a hallway at 5th Street School back in April. CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

An industrial vaccum is used to remove flood waters from a hallway at 5th Street School back in April. CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

Monday’s school board vote came after it was determined that replacing the 5th Street and 10th Street building was a better investment for the school corporation.

Early estimates place renovation costs for the two buildings alone at about $20 million but that figure does not include what school officials say would be needed additional work for storm water drainage at both schools.

Back in April, both schools were damaged by flood waters that got inside the buildings when nearly nine inches of rain fell locally (see photos provided by GJCSC).

Lorey says $32 million investment would ensure that both elementary schools (the new Jasper and the current Ireland) would be state-of-the-art “21st Century learning facilities.”

The school board is currently reviewing options it has for both the 5th Street and 10th Street school buildings if and when the new elementary school is built.

10th Street was purchased from the Diocese of Evansville back in 1988 for $2 million dollars.  The building’s deed does allow its ownership to return to the Diocese at no cost if the GJCSC no longer has a need for it.

The 5th Street building would need to go through a process the Indiana Department of Education requires.  The building could be purchased for $1 if a charter school would want to use it.

What is being called a ‘Project & Preliminary Determination Hearing’ regarding the proposed new building will take place Monday, July 24th the school corporation’s headquarters on St. Charles Street.

BELOW IS MORE ON THE PUBLIC SURVEY AND THE JASPER SCHOOL CORPORATION’S PLANS FOR THE PROPOSED NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL..

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