Proposed Expansion at Algoma Middle & High School

An informational meeting on a proposed $3.5 million expansion project at the Algoma Middle & High School was held Wednesday night to detail the proposed plans, costs & timeline. The proposal is for two additions, one being a 10,755 square foot community center & gymnasium, the other is an 8,507 square foot tech center addition. Algoma Middle/High School Principal Nick Cochart talked about the reasoning for the tech center addition…

Cochart discussed Wolf Tech, which is a student run business that has become a model program for schools throughout the state, & has built partnerships with many area businesses. The tech center expansion would be a chance to continue building on that success.

The new gymnasium would run east & west, with two smaller courts running north & south across the bigger court. The new gym is not a replacement for the current basketball court, it would be a practice space for a variety of sports, & would include a walking track. The community center includes a weight room & multi-purpose room that the community will have access to.

Principal Cochart explained that the expansion plan has been in the works for some time…

While the cost for the expansion has been pegged at a number not to exceed $3.5 million, the plan is for $1.75 million to be raised through private donations, & for the school to match that number. The private fundraising is already well underway & Cochart said funds in the neighborhood of $1 million have already been raised. As for the school’s portion, Superintendent Ron Welch noted that the costs should not impact the local tax payers…

The proposed timeline, if funds are raised, would have ground being broken the week of June 2nd & for completion of the project by December 19th. Click the images below to enlarge.

Proposed Plans

Community Center/Gym

Tech Center

 

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