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COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia OâConnor said construction workers have scratched the surface on Eagle Tech Academyâs Phase III project.
OâConnor said the project, which began in October, will open up enough classroom space to allow an additional 200 students at ETA for the next school year.
The project will also group the schoolâs offices, granting direct access to them through the public entrance.
âI think itâs going to be a real nice facility for the district, and something that the community can be proud of,â said OâConnor.
The WCCS Board of School Trustees approved Hamilton Hunterâs bid on ETAâs Phase III project for $1,948,572, back in September. The project called for the renovation of more than 36,000 square feet, including slight renovations at Indian Middle Springs School.
âMost of the work being completed on the project includes upgrading the lighting system and putting in new ceilings, carpet and paint,â said OâConnor.
According to OâConnor, the project encompasses moving ETAâs business office and board room to the southwestern part of the building, which formerly housed Passages Inc.
âThat will free up space for a computer lab on the first floor, and there will be some windows in those walls to make it a part of the school,â said OâConnor.
The Technology Department will be moved to Indian Springs Middle School and ETAâs transportation office, located on the second floor, will be moved down to the first floor, allowing enough space for two more classrooms.
âThere are also plans to move Special Education upstairs as well as adding an elevator to allow direct access to the second floor,â said OâConnor.
According to OâConnor, Phase III is scheduled to be completed by June of 2013. In the meantime, ETA will be looking for opportunities to move the Technology Department to ISMS.
âWeâll be moving the servers, and that has to be done in a timely fashion,â said OâConnor. âWe canât operate without our computers. There is a window of opportunity at Christmas and spring break, but if we canât get that done then the only time we have left is summer. Weâll be watching that schedule.â