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WCCS MULLS NEW BUILDING: School officials weighing their options

April 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Big changes require major considerations.

Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation (WCCS) Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor said plans for a new high school have been forming for a time and for major reasons.

“I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that we are looking at a new high school,” she said. “When it actually happens is a huge question mark.”

Four time lines were presented to the WCCS Board of School Trustees Monday. Those time lines had different dates for possible construction completion, with the years ranging from 2020-2022.

With a bond referendum needed to fund the building of a new high school, O’Connor said feedback from the community will be vital.

“All of the different options provide different financial breaking points in terms of taxing impact,” she said. “It will be really important to get an idea regarding the community’s opinions on this.”

There is the issue of old debt as well. O’Connor said the debt from the elementary and middle school buildings will continue until 2021.

There are questions as to how much expense for a new high school will be taken on while debt is still on the books for other buildings.

“I think these are questions we have to ask,” O’Connor said. “What would the community be willing to support?”

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