The Erie School District released a proposal to the public on Thursday that describes a plan to convert the current Annex Building into a grade school and close the current grade school. The annex is the old high school that is still used for athletic practices, shop classes, and Pre-K.
In the release, District Superintendent Chuck Milem said the recommendation is the result of 11 months of discussions between the school board and the district’s leadership team.
Several options were considered after a thorough assessment of all district facilities was completed with the consensus of the group that the district is operating inefficiently with four buildings and the cost to update the two oldest, the elementary, built in 1954 and the annex, constructed in 1956, could not be justified.
The Superintendent emphasized the decision is not final and the public will have opportunities to give their input. He is hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 17 at 6 p.m. in the HS Commons to discuss the plan for a new Elementary building and answer questions. The School Board will then vote on August 22 if they would like to continue to proceed.
In terms of cost, the proposal would be done with no tax increase with Milem adding that the district may have the funds on hand to pay for the entire project.
The tentative timeline would be to start construction in June of 2023 with the goal of completion in time for the 2024 school year.