The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation dedicated its new Central Middle School in downtown Columbus Thursday evening. BCSC Superintendent John Quick says the facility replaces a facility of the same name that was the oldest in the school system. Quick says it was important for Central to be re-built on its original campus, as part of the city’s downtown redevelopment.
The school will accommodate about 900 seventh and eighth grade students. Each grade is divided into four teams, which will be separated into the building’s four two-story branches. Quick says these areas will incorporate students’ lockers and core classrooms, giving students the feeling of a smaller learning environment. Though Quick is proud of the building’s aesthetics, he says education came first in the design.
Quick says a few final touches, such as a football field, a track, and landscaping, are still needed. But the building itself is ready for classes to begin next Tuesday. Quick says the outdoor elements should be complete by Thanksgiving. The entire project will cost about 34 million dollars when completed.