SMCSC to continue construction, second phase of intermediate building to begin

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Pendleton - South Madison Community School Corp. will continue its efforts to renovate the Pendleton Elementary School-Intermediate building and hope to start construction on two new classrooms this summer.

“Various studies were completed, and discussions began on the possible use of the old middle school in 2006,” SMCSC Superintendent Joe Buck said. “Stair Associates provided multiple options and drawings during the past eight years for the administration and board’s review.”

Buck said it’s important to note that this is not a new construction project but the continuation of a project started many years ago.

“It was discussed at the May 21, 2008, school board meeting that the renovation project would be completed in phases,” Buck said. “A preliminary determination hearing for the renovation project was held on Aug. 21, 2008.”

He said construction originally began on the building in 2009, but that “for various reasons,” phase II of the renovation project has been stalled.

“This is the fourth school year that fifth- and sixth-grade students have attended the (partially) renovated intermediate school,” Buck said. “For various reasons, the renovation project has been held up since the fall of 2010.”

Buck said the majority of those hold-ups were connected to the hotly debated three-story high rise structure slotted for demolition this summer. Several community members have worked to save the historic school, which has been empty for more than three years. Decisions regarding the structure have taken time to make their way through various courtrooms.

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