Roanoke Town Council gets update on new school in town

The Roanoke Town Council received an update on the plan to build a new elementary school in town at its meeting on Tuesday, May 1.

Randy Harris, superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, presented a floor plan and renderings of the new school to council. The floor plan lists the square footage of the two-story building at 86,392.

The board was pleased by the renderings of the school. Council President Dave Tucker remarked that the design paid tribute to the appearance of the existing building.

“If you didn’t know better, you’d swear you were looking at the old school,” he observed.

Harris projected that construction would begin in August or September. The new school will be built next to the existing one at 432 W. Vine St.

The current Roanoke Elementary School will remain open throughout the construction process.

“They’re not going to do anything to the old school until this one’s totally completed and the kids are moved over,” said Tucker of the new school.

Harris estimated that the occupants of the current building would make the move into the new one at the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year. However, depending on how quickly construction progresses, he noted that making the move during the 2019 Christmas break could also be a possibility.

After the move occurs, the current school will be demolished, with a parking lot built in its place. A piece of the old building set to be saved is the “Jackson Twp. School” marker in the façade, which will be placed in the foyer of the new building.

In other business, Town Marshal Jim Wood informed council that he had ordered three Motorola radios. He also reported that he was still waiting to have Spillman Technologies software installed on his department’s laptops.