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March 10, 2014

$7.5M facility coming to Carroll

Health and wellness project due by 2015

FLORA — Carroll School Corp. is slated to get major changes over the next year. At the top of the list is a $7.5 million health and fitness center.

Plans for the health and wellness center were approved at the Carroll School Corp. board meeting Tuesday.

The firm of Lancer and Beebe is the architect for the project. The multi-million dollar project will not raise taxes, administrators say.

The health and fitness center project calls for both expansion and renovation.

In addition to new gym courts, the project includes an expanded weight room, added locker and office spaces, wrestling space, pool seating improvements, special education and vocational training spaces and improved community access.

Chris Lagoni, superintendent at the district, said school officials would be working with the architect firm to put plans on the district’s websites.

The health and fitness center includes a 25,000-square-foot, three-court field house with a three-lane track.

Board members also discussed the possibility of adding classrooms to the facility to make it possible to have the space for additional programs in the future, Lagoni said.

A number of other improvements are meant to address other needs the school district has identified.

There will also be improvements made to the pool area. Better spectator seating is needed at the high school pool, Lagoni said. There will be an expanded pool deck and locker room addition that will span 5,000 square feet. The current pool situation is not in compliance with Indiana Code, Lagoni said.

The pool will be closed during the summer as the changes are made, Lagoni said. One of the goals of updating the facility is providing community access, which school administration firmly believes in, Lagoni said.

Additional changes will be a 2,400-square-foot space that will be repurposed for the wrestling team practices. The wrestling team currently practices in the elementary cafeteria.

Other identified needs are adding female locker room space. There are currently four locker rooms for males sports/physical education and two for female sports/PE.

The project is scheduled for completion in late summer of 2015.

The project meets a number of facility needs set by the school board and Lagoni.

“We want to continue to give our students additional opportunities,” Lagoni said.

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