On the Beat in Bluffton

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Remodel of Bluffton-Harrison elementary school may cost $10M

Bluffton-Harrison Superintendent Wayne Barker told school board members Monday that he currently anticipates spending about $10 million to renovate the elementary school.

But, he said, he also hopes to reduce that cost as others finalize more details.

Regardless, though, Jim Elizondo of City Securities will attend the March 17 board meeting to more specifically discuss the proposed renovations’ impact to taxpayers.

Barker said he will also recommend to board members in March that they hire Dan Rawlins of InterDesign to essentially coordinate the renovation work.

In December, he first introduced school board members to a proposed — and hypothetical — remodeled and expanded school that could accommodate the increase and help maintain the average teacher-student ratio at about its current levels.

Click on the illustrations to see the current layout and the layout Barker and board members reviewed Monday. Learn more in the Tuesday, Feb. 25, News-Banner.

Current layout

Hypothetical layout

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