Madison Primary School renovations are moving forward.

County supervisors approved an appropriation funding the design development phase of the project. The phase is capped at a cost of $193,529.

The design will focus on the Tier Two option of the project. It utilizes the school’s current footprint, built in 1973, but includes HVAC systems; power; lighting; fire alarms; security system; master clock; public address system; plumbing; ADA compliance; stud walls to replace the current walls which don’t reach the ceiling and contain no electrical; relocation of the main office, nurse clinic and instructional intervention rooms; configuration of a main thoroughfare connecting to all major spaces; restoration of central collaboration spaces in each grade-level pod; designated electrical rooms; seven classrooms per grade-level pod; a music room with direct stage access; a pre-kindergarten pod with two pre-kindergarten classrooms and two special education classrooms; and air conditioning in the kitchen. It’s expected to cost approximately $12.25 million to $12.9 million and is the middle option of the three tiers presented last year by Grimm and Parker.

School board members originally chose Tier Three, the most luxury of the options. It included two additional pre-kindergarten classrooms that could be used to create a full-day pre-kindergarten program. It’s currently half-day only. There was also talk that space could be used to house Head Start inside the building instead of in the trailers in which it currently resides.

Supervisors weren’t convinced and opted to not pursue the plan further. The joint county and school board CIP committee evaluated if the project could be done in a phased approach. However, it was determined doing so would increase costs and last month, school board members chose to support Tier Two.

“Originally it was Tier Three, now it’s backed up to Tier Two,” board of supervisors chairman Clay Jackson said. “We looked at the phased approach but it wasn’t real practical. Unfortunately we’ve let the facility deteriorate to this extent [and] need not do that again.”

Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the appropriation.

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