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Chadwick-Milledgeville high options topic of Tuesday coffee klatch

Schurman invites public to learn more

Tim Schurman, superintendent of Chadwick-Milledgeville School District 399, talks Aug. 7 about a proposal to renovate and expand Milledgeville High School.
Tim Schurman, superintendent of Chadwick-Milledgeville School District 399, talks Aug. 7 about a proposal to renovate and expand Milledgeville High School.

CHADWICK – Chadwick-Milledgeville School District Superintendent Tim Schurman will meet with district residents to discuss proposals to renovate and expand the high school, and close the middle school.

Schurman’s “informational coffee” session begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the small gym at the Chadwick junior high.

In the face of declining enrollment, district officials have said they want to close the Chadwick school and spend $11 million to add a gym and office space and upgrade the heating and air conditioning systems at the high school, where all grades would be taught.

The pre-K through third-graders already are housed there, along with the high school students.

That plan also requires the district to acquire land to the north and west of the school from the Milledgeville Park District.

There also are two other options officials are considering, both of which also include closing the Chadwick school:

• Ditching the gym addition to the high school and doing critical building upgrades only, while keeping the Chadwick gym open for junior high sports. This plan would cost about $8 million.

• Doing heating, cooling and other renovations, and reducing the size of the new gym from 900 to 300 or 400 seats, which would cost about $9.5 million.

The money saved by closing the junior high would be used to offset the cost of any work done, and the district also has a few bond options it is considering.

The board could vote on a final option as soon as its next meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the library at Milledgeville High School, 100 E. Eighth St.

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