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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:14 pm
by Up All Night
It appears that the Crown Point School Board has decided to build the new middle school on the old CPHS site. I don?t think they are going to change their minds. They also want to keep the old football field. The mayor has proposed using the football field and old bus barn for a new city hall and a festival ground. It is my opinion that the football field should stay but it should be developed into a dual use sports field and festival ground that could host city festivals like the Corn Roast. The remaining bus barn property should simply be used for parking. There is not enough room on that site to squeeze in a city hall and other buildings along with enough parking for the downtown. The buses and bus barn should be moved away from downtown. I am sure there is a better place for them.

Any new civic buildings can be located east of the downtown. There are multiple building sites that can be used to accommodate the cities needs far into the future.

This simple solution would be cost effective and would be supported by the majority of the citizens of Crown Point as well as be a positive force for the downtown.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:19 pm
by -={ARCLIGHT}=-
Up All Night wrote: The buses and bus barn should be moved away from downtown. I am sure there is a better place for them.


I agree.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 12:52 am
by Up All Night
C.P. school ready to go

CROWN POINT | A little more than a year ago, Crown Point school officials hosted meetings to talk with the residents about how to address rapidly growing middle school enrollment.

On Tuesday, officials gathered again, this time to celebrate the ground breaking for a new middle school where the former high school once stood.

With their shovels gleaming in the sun, the School Board, Superintendent H. Steve Sprunger, Mayor Dan Klein and others turned the dry dirt where the $38 million school will open in the fall of 2007.

"This ground breaking represents a historic event, the first time we've ever had two middle schools operate simultaneously in our district," School Board President Karen Raab said. "The building heralds unprecedented growth."

According to Sprunger, the school district's enrollment grew by 270 students this year, 20 more than projected. He estimated 75,000 students will use the school before it has to be re-evaluated for its usefulness. More than 1,000 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders expected to initially walk through its halls.

Sprunger, at his third school ground breaking in six years, thanked School Board members, Fanning and Howey Architects and The Skillman Corp. for designing a school that will be built around what educators want to teach, rather than having staff teach what the building allows.

"It will be the nicest middle school in Indiana," Sprunger said.

He also thanked Klein and the City Council, of which Andrew Kyres, Bill Condron and Bob Corbin were present, for giving the district access to much needed water and sewer lines.

"You have been such a positive partner with us," Sprunger said, adding that the city and school district had come to understand that the previous intergovernmental agreement wasn't in either party's best interest. Under the 2003 agreement, the School Board, City Council and Board of Public Works and Safety were to exchange the old high school property for the old water plant site on North Street. The city also was supposed to buy a 40-acre parcel the district could use for future school buildings.

But the potential for a land swap slowly unravelled and, early this year, fell apart after the School Board voted to build the new middle school downtown.

Needa Malik, a Taft student and member of the National Junior Honor Society, also spoke to the small group of parents and administrators Tuesday, telling them how crowded life can be at Taft when more than 1,000 kids are let out of class at the same time. In the new school, lockers will be more accessible and there will be more computers and resources available, she said.

"Even though I will not have the pleasure of attending this new middle school, I wish it the best for future generations," she said.

nwitimes September 7, 2005