The Knox Facility Study Committee met with Curt Pletcher from Umbaugh and Associates on June 26 to go over the financial feasibility of renovating or constructing a new Palmer Wing of the Knox Elementary School. Superintendent A.J. Gappa said they are trying to figure out how either project would impact the tax rate of the school district.
“The board wanted to have an idea of what direction to go,” said Gappa. “We will meet again with an architect within the next two weeks with our committee and at that point we will invite people in who came a year ago to start making more firm plans.”
The board is pondering three options: leave the Palmer Wing alone and do nothing, renovate the old Palmer Wing or build a completely new wing.
The board invited a group of people from the public into the Palmer Wing to tour the area and to gather information on how to move forward. Gappa says anyone is welcome to tour the building to see the structure and make an assessment.
“We continue to open that up to people,” Gappa said. “I took the staff through last year, most of the staff at the elementary school has taken a mini-tour and anybody else who wants to come in can take a tour. We try to open that up to show them what condition the building is in and then we will move forward to decide what direction we need to go and what we need to do.”