New Jasper elementary school plans continue to develop

Sourced from Dubois County Free Press

Dr. Tracy Lorey, the superintendent of the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation, likened the process of designing and implementing a new combined elementary school to a puzzle.

“The bricks and mortar are one piece of the puzzle,” Lorey said referring to the most recent preliminary plans revealed at Monday’s meeting. “But we are also beginning the work of trying to marry two schools together and create a unique identity, climate and culture for a new school.”

The new elementary school being constructed on corporation-owned property north of the middle school is set to open at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. Construction on the facility could begin as soon as May. Plans for the construction include contingency funds for site work on the Fifth and Tenth Street Elementary schools for a potential cost that closes in on $30 million.

The new plans show the building will have 28 classrooms, two classrooms dedicated to science, technology engineering and math, 12 small group instruction centers and 11 individualized instruction spaces as well as rooms for art, music and media.

The design incorporates open floorplans as well as extensive use of natural light.

Plans are expected to be finalized by October 31 and a public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6 at the Jasper High School Auditorium.