CAREY Preparations are under way to begin designing the Carey Exempted Village Local Schools' new pre-kindergarten through high school building.
The district had proposed a 6.5-mill bond issue last May for the building. The issue is to run for the next 37 years.
Architects from Fanning-Howey are working on a schematic design, Superintendent Michael Wank said.
The current building is two-story and officials are looking to expand to 135,000 square feet over three stories. Total cost for the project is estimated at $ 31 million.
The estimates are based on how much it would cost to have an all brick building, Wank said.
"We will have better windows, doors and flooring," he said.
"I feel that what people see is going to turn out well. They will see that we are going to get the most for our money," he said. "We are not going to waste a square inch."
The building is to be built on the south side of the village along SR 103/US 23, Wank said.
"The district has 40 acres of land they had bought 10 years ago," he said.
"We want a more centralized focus for the students and the community, and to allow for greater access to our media center, or gym," Wank said.
One new perk, Wank said, is a more comfortable, controlled environment for students.
The need for the building came from the community. Prior to the issue passing, the district was looking to make renovations, but the renovations were equal to the cost of a new building.
The high school building was built in 1921 and the elementary building in 1929. Additions were made in 1954 and 1963.
The district has a possible move-in date in 2016.
"To me, the building is like a tool that allows people to do different things," Wank said. "It is no different than a piece of farm machinery. When you have something newer, it is more effective."
With the new building, Wank said, the district will be able to utilize staff more effectively and consolidate services.