A conceptual rendering shared at both the school board and the community meeting was what Ruetschle called a first step. He said the architects were “excited” to show those gathered the rendering and listen to their feedback.
The red brick building would be oriented so the entry would be aligned with Sixth Street.
Characteristics of the Broadway Elementary and Tipp Central buildings that would be demolished, and the Castle built in the 1890s and demolished in the mid-1960s, are incorporated in the concept design through exterior features such as arched windows, a grand entry with arches and stone medallions that read education and character.
The project schedule calls for planning through March. If the school bond issue is approved, the schedule continues for abatement/demolition of the Broadway/Tipp Central buildings next summer. Construction would start with site work in fall 2016, followed by building bidding in January 2017, construction and a projected move-in at the new building in summer 2018.
For more information on the facilities planning, visit the district’s website at www.tippcityschools.com. Anyone with comments or questions on the new school design can email Superintendent Gretta Kumpf at firstname.lastname@example.org.