Mt. Vernon Schools mull $11.4 million of renovations to address growth

FORTVILLE — Mt. Vernon Community School Corp. leaders are considering a two-part $11.4 million renovation to the district’s middle school as part of an effort to move eighth-graders — currently housed at the high school — back into the building.

The upgrades include nearly 30,000 square feet of additions to the 1970s-era school building that currently houses sixth- and seventh-graders. More classroom space to help accommodate the 300 eighth-graders, a larger cafeteria and a new gym are planned.

The renovations were recommended after a six-month feasibility study looked at projections for future growth in the school district and how best to accommodate a burgeoning student population.

The study showed the high school, housing eighth- through 12th-graders, is cramped, and the additions at the middle school aim to alleviate some of the space crunch. In the future, the eighth-grade academy will be moved from the high school to the middle school.

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