A $50 million renovation plan for WL schools moves forward

A $50 million renovation for West Lafayette schools moves forward  after three years of planning (WLFI).
A $50 million renovation for West Lafayette schools moves forward after three years of planning (WLFI).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A $50 million renovation for West Lafayette schools moved forward Monday night after three years of planning. A unanimous vote by the school board pushed a conceptual idea into action.

West Lafayette Community School Corporation’s RDP Project includes a new elementary school, new classrooms and world-class facilities.

The project started after Cumberland Elementary, Happy Hollow Elementary and West Lafayette Jr-Sr. High School needed an update with ventilation and sewage.

Monday night, the school board approved building concepts school officials have been working on with the community for the last year.

Concepts include the new elementary school being built at the Burtsfield Gym site and converting Happy Hollow into an early childhood and kindergarten center. Plans also include an aquatic and performing arts center and a new education wing for the high school.

Happy Hollow Principal Margaret Psarros said she’s ecstatic plans are moving forward.

“I waited until they all said yes and hit send to a staff member email because I knew they would be ecstatic as well,” said Psarros. “And I’m sure many who haven’t been able to come tonight were waiting to hear the results.”

WLCSC Superintendent Rocky Killion said the next phase will be putting together specific architectural layouts for the buildings and submitting them for bids. From there, the board can see how much each facility will cost.

Killion said the plan is to have everything completed by 2020.