WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Future plans for a new elementary school in West Lafayette are coming along. Administrators held two public input meetings to hear any concerns. The second meeting was on Wednesday, and residents now feel their voices were heard as plans have recently changed.
Happy Hollow Elementary School’s replacement will be built at Burtsfield Gym in West Lafayette.
But with a big move like this, Superintendent Rocky Killion said it’s important to get community’s input.
“I’m happy to have the conversations with the residents,” Killion said. “And I think that they have provided some great input to our architects and the administration team.”
For a second time, Killion met with residents to hear their concerns about the new school being built in their neighborhood.
Residents, like George Lyle, have been to every meeting to express concerns. He was worried about minimal green space.
“With the revised plan, they put a lot more green space back in use here than they had previously, which helps allay both of those concerns,” Lyle said.
Most residents News 18 spoke to are now happier with revised plans, including JoAnn Mills.
“I thought it was very productive,” Mills said. “I think they’re doing a great job, and I’m very happy with it.”
Some residents are still concerned with parking, traffic and drop-off locations.
“No one is going to be completely happy,” said Mills. “Because it’s a small area for a large building.”
The next school board meeting to discuss future elementary school plans is set for Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Happy Hollow Elementary.