A renovation project involving Columbus’s two high schools may be completed in two parts. Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation school board president Jay Howard says the plan is an attempt to phase in high school repair without raising taxes too much. He says the total cost of the projects adds up to $123 million. Howard says splitting the project would probably not delay how soon construction would begin.
Howard says taxes are estimated to rise by 18 cents to every 100 dollars of assessed valuation if the project is completed all at once. He says in two phases, taxes would rise by 9 cents in the first phase, with another 9-cent impact in the second phase. Howard says the projects’ cost could potentially rise, but he doesn’t think that amount would be substantial. The first part of the project will cost an estimated $80 million, with the second estimated at $40 million. The first phase includes a new natatorium, a connector between the gym and main building and second floor renovation at Columbus East, with a second-story classroom wing, media center and classroom renovations at Columbus North. BSCS will hold a public tax hearing July 30.