By Leah Sander
MENTONE — The Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. is proceeding with a more than $14M renovation of Tippecanoe Valley High School.
At a meeting on Monday, May 24, at Mentone Elementary School, the TVSC Board unanimously approved moving forward with the project. It was the second hearing for the project; the first was held at the board’s regular meeting on May 17 at Akron Elementary School.
The public was allowed to speak in favor of or against the project at both meetings. One person spoke in favor of the project at the May 17 meeting, and no one spoke at Monday’s meeting.
The public can still offer comments to the corporation until 30 days after Thursday, May 27.
The project is estimated at $14,359,682, which breaks down to $12,059,182 in construction and $2,300,500 in soft costs like soil borings and surveying. TVSC is to pay for it using bonds, which won’t raise the tax rate for the community.
The plan will add an auditorium, a bigger weight room, a new wrestling area, a fieldhouse and an expanded agriculture area.
The high school’s pool will receive improved seating, a new deck and new mechanical system.
The project also includes an update of security and energy measures at the school.
Fanning Howey is the project’s architect, and The Skillman Corp., which oversaw the Akron project completed in 2018, will serve as the construction manager.
Construction is to tentatively start in spring 2022 and be finished in 2023.