School district hears updated facilities proposal

Architects from BLDD presented an updated facilities plan to the Monticello School Board last week, which included four possible scenarios for the district to pursue.

They all included closing White Heath and Lincoln Elementary schools, and estimated costs of options that include a new elementary school or constructing a new high school and converting the current one into an elementary facility.

Construction and remodel costs for the various options ranged from $50 to $60 million. The board will continue to discuss the issue, and if they decide to pursue one of the options will hold additional public meetings to net input.

Monticello School District facilities options
(As presented by BLDD Architects at Feb. 20 Monticello School Board meeting)
Scenario 1: Close Lincoln and White Heath Elementary, convert 1898 Washington Elementary into district offices (add A/C), convert high school to K-5 elementary school (add A/C), build a high school east of the current track for estimated $35-$40 million. Total construction/renovation costs: $60 million
Scenario 2: Close Lincoln and White Heath Elementary, convert 1898 Washington Elementary into district office (install A/C); remodel/install A/C at high school, construct K-5 school south of middle school at an estimated cost of $29 million. Total construction/renovation costs: $56 million
Scenario 3: Close Lincoln and White Heath Elementary, convert 1898 Washington Elementary into district office (install A/C); remodel/install A/C at high school; add fifth grade wing to Monticello Middle School to make it a 5-8 facility; construct K-4 elementary school south of middle school for estimated $25 million. Total construction/renovation costs: $56 million
Scenario 4: Close Lincoln and White Heath Elementary, convert 1898 Washington Elementary into district office and Pre-K and kindergarten facility (install A/C); remodel/install A/C at high school; construct 1-5 elementary school south of middle school for estimated $24 million. Total construction/renovation costs: $50 million
Estimated 30-year cost of no new construction: $25 million

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