Freshman Center, new weight room on wish/need list for Jeff

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The task force of 64 people responsible for coming up with solutions for looming overcrowding issues at Lafayette School Corporation heard about a slightly different problem for the district Thursday night.

Discussion focused on the aging Jeff building.

A building audit estimates that $54 million of improvements and additions are needed and wanted to repair and improve the building into a “21st Century School.”

One of the possible projects is building a 20-classroom Freshman Center. Another is an expansion of the weight room and pool. Other needs include a new roof and pipes for a building that is currently 45 years old.

While school administrators like Superintendent Les Huddle have some ideas of their own, he said it’s important to solicit ideas from others.

“Jeff High School is not the Hiatt Building’s school. This is the community and it’s a big part of our community. We need input from our community on how we want Jeff High to look, not just in a year from now, but another 10, 20, 30 years into the future,” said Huddle.

The group also heard some good news that the district will pay off several debts in the next two to four years, making room for new debt.

A referendum is needed for any project costing more than $10 million.

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