Knox School Board to Research Financial Options for Potential Facility Improvements

The Knox Community School Corporation is planning its next steps, in response to a recent facilities study.

After analyzing the school corporation’s existing buildings, architectural firm Schmidt Associates came back with a list of recommendations last month. Among other things, it proposed demolishing the older section of the elementary school and re-configuring the current middle school building into an “intermediate school” for grades three through six. The existing high school would get a 50,000-square-foot addition and would house grades seven through 12.

Before officially deciding how much, if any, of that work to undertake, Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart recommended that board members take a closer look at their financial options. “I believe, probably, the next step for that would be to bring in somebody from Umbaugh and to review how we might finance the project and what that might look like,” Reichhart told board members last week, “and I think we can probably do that as a training during an exec session with the board.”

The Knox School Board is scheduled to meet in a closed executive session tomorrow evening “to train school board members with an outside consultant about the performance of the role of the members as public officials,” as allowed by state statute.