JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The children who will attend the new downtown Jeffersonville elementary school helped break ground on the project that’s been years in the making.
Many supporters, including Jeffersonville’s Mayor Mike Moore, went door-to-door collecting signatures to push through this project.
Soon, construction equipment will be on the site, with an anticipated opening of January 2020.
“I think we got Christmas a little early,” Moore said at the podium as he held in his arms his four-year-old nephew Macen.
”When this school is complete, Macen will be a student in this facility,” Moore said with a smile.
Macen had some company, too. Students from Spring Hill and Maple Elementary Schools, who will transfer to the $11.5 million downtown Jeffersonville Elementary School when it’s complete.
“Your school is going to have something that no other school has in this community -- that’s an indoor slide,” Teresa Bottorff-Perkins, the Greater Clark County Schools Board of School Trustees President, said.
The new school will include three classrooms for each grade level, kindergarten through fifth grade. It will also have a preschool and special education classrooms, and a media center. The Court Avenue site was chosen out of four locations.
”A big reason why this was a chosen site was because of the Nachand Fieldhouse," Dr. Andrew Melin, the GCCS Superintendent, said. “So we could maintain the historical significance of this area attached to Nachand Fieldhouse and have a true community based partnership."
In fact, the Nachand Fieldhouse will serve as the school’s gym. Now that ground’s been broken, construction will soon begin.
”For it to go from a vision to reality is extremely exciting,” Melin said.
What’s going to happen to the other schools?
At Spring Hill Elementary School, the Community Action of Southern Indiana is expected to take it over. The organization serves low income families in Clark, Floyd and Harrison Counties.
Maple Elementary School is expected to go to Bethel AME.
Both of those recommendations need to be approved by the GCCS School Board. That vote will happen at its Dec. 18 meeting.