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Renovation forum set for Nov. 17

November 08, 2011
ALTON — The Alton Buildings and Grounds Committee will be hosting a forum on the proposed renovations to Alton Central School on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Alton Central School music room.

Members of the committee, along with architect Chip Krause, will be there to answer any questions on the proposed renovations to ACS.

Krause submitted a proposal to the committee for the renovation to ACS that was approved for the committee.

The estimated cost of the renovation is between $21,085,805 and $26,266,337, depending on the price per square foot for renovating the old building and for adding new sections.

Marilyn Dame, the chair of the buildings and grounds committee, is hoping that members of the public come out and bring questions to Krause and the committee about the project.

"What we are mostly interested in is getting the message out and having people come out ask questions," Dame said. "We want them to come and listen to Chip Krause."

Dame said the committee is also working with the different organizations throughout town to get information about the project distributed throughout the community.

The proposed renovation includes a plan to build a portion of the school up to three stories, with one story unfinished to allow for future classroom space, to build a completely new gymnasium, to completely re-grade all of the fields and to install a new HVAC system to allow for efficient heating and cooling of the school.

The plan also includes the installation of a geothermal heat field at a cost of $850,000.

Members of the school board will also be in attendance to provide input about the renovation.

One of the main questions raised previously during the discussion of this project is how the project would be completed using phases and what makes up the soft costs, which are an estimated 30 percent of the total project cost.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide the committee with input and questions about the project.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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