Public Forum Monday for Input on Coultrap Building; Decision By End of January
Meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the facility that's being considered for demolition.
The Board of Education has scheduled a community forum on Monday, Jan. 14, to provide updated information and to receive further input on the future of the Coultrap facility on Peyton Street prior to making a decision later this month.
In May, district officials presented board members with four options for the Coultrap facility, which has not been used as a school since the 2008-09 school year. Three options would relocate the district’s administrative offices on Fourth Street to this facility and would require major repairs/renovations to exterior walls, plumbing and electrical systems with costs ranging from $2.317 million to $4.277 milliion. These three options would then have an impact on the future of the Fourth Street building.
The fourth option presented is to demolish the building at an estimated cost of $861,813 and maintain the district’s administrative offices at the Fourth Street facility.
During an interview in December, School Board President Mark Grosso said he anticipated the board would summarize the options for the public and hold "Q&A" style open meeting on the various options.
At the time, Grosso said the community's response was "balanced," but leaning slightly toward demolition.
"I'd say it's about 60-40," he said, "with 60 taking it down and 40 saving it."
It currently costs about $69,000 annually to operate Coultrap at a minimal level, and within the next three to five years the building will require major repairs estimated to cost $1.2 million to $1.6 million to bring it to proper working order.
The Superintendent’s Facility Task Force has recommended that the building be demolished, and board members would like any further input from neighbors and the community prior to making a decision.
The forum will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Coultrap facility, 1113 Peyton Street (Lincoln Street entrance). Two similar forums to gather community input were held in June 2012.
Officials say this may be the last public forum on this topic, as board members plan to make a decision regarding the future of the building prior to the end of January. Those who are unable to attend the forum but would like to provide input may do so by emailing the Board of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SOURCE: School District 304 press release
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