Mt. Vernon School Board approves plan to renovate middle school

Pictured: Mt. Vernon Middle School 1862 West State Road 234, Fortville. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)

FORTVILLE — The Mt. Vernon School Board Monday night approved a recommendation to renovate Mt. Vernon Middle School to help accommodate the district’s anticipated future growth.

Last month, a committee charged with studying the district’s facilities to identify how much growth the district can expect in coming years and how to make room for a growing student population recommended district officials consider a renovation to the middle school.

The renovation would add 20 classrooms, expand the cafeteria and add large meeting spaces for students. It would give the school enough space to move eighth-graders, who are currently housed at the high school, back to the middle school facility.

The school board unanimously approved the recommendation, estimated to cost about $10 million, Monday night.

Superintendent Shane Robbins has said the district would consider borrowing money to pay for the project, but taxpayers shouldn’t see an increase on their property tax bills because the district recently refinanced older loans.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.