CSCSHC recently completed a facilities study of every structure in the district. This study provided the district with information and estimates about what future work needs to be conducted in each building. The district has worked diligently to improve all the buildings within the district while making accommodations for a growing enrollment. After the recent completion of a renovation project to re-open the building now known as New Palestine Junior High, the district has turned its attention to New Palestine High School and the need for improvements to several areas within the building.
NPHS has many different sections of the building that were built at different times. The study determined that some of these areas are approaching the end of their useful life, while others are still good. Because some of these areas, such as the auditorium and pool, are still viable, the study recommended that building a totally new high school was not necessary.
Where Are We Now?
The district is still in the information gathering stages of a potential project at NPHS. In 2018, the Board of School Trustees of CSCSHC approved a construction team comprised of a construction management company, architects, bond counsel, and financial advisers. The district's leadership will work closely with this construction team to create a plan to give our students, staff, and community a modern 21st-century learning environment for all students.
In early February, members of the construction team and district administrators sought feedback from NPHS students, NPHS staff, and community members about what they would like to see included in a building if such a project were to happen.
Right now, the construction team is working to compile that feedback and come up with a general concept of what a project might look like.
Once this concept is completed, it will be submitted to the school board for approval. The timeline for the completion of this concept is not yet known. This concept will be just that, a rough guideline for how the district should proceed. Once that concept is approved, conversations will begin about various ways to complete a project (timeline, cost, design, etc) that falls in line with the concept. As more details about the project are finalized, the district will continue to seek feedback from various groups about the project.
FAQ About the Project:
What is the cost and how will the district pay for this?
Once a concept is completed, the district will start to make these determinations. It is the goal of the district to complete this project without a referendum while continuing to be fiscally responsible to our taxpayers. Once the scope of the project is determined, the exact financial details and the district's plan will also be determined.
When will construction start? When will it be done?
This information is still to be determined. There are many steps for a publicly funded organization (like a school district) to begin a capital project. Please follow along with the process on this page or our "In the Know" blog, where recaps of each school board meeting are published.
How will the building operate during construction? Where will the students go if classrooms are unavailable?
Until a scope of the project is determined, it's unclear how many classrooms will be affected and what timelines may be required. Our construction team will work to create solutions that keep our students safe and invested in learning.
How can I be a part of this project?
Stay tuned to the district's Facebook page, Twitter page, this site, and your email inbox for more opportunities to provide feedback during the process. Feel free to email Community Relations Director Wes Anderson or NPHS Principal Keith Fessler with any questions or other feedback you would like to provide.