Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 9, 2012

Kokomo Schools eye facility upgrades

District plans updates to athletic complex, middle schools

By Lindsey Ziliak
Tribune staff writer

— Kokomo-Center Schools is moving forward with planned upgrades to the high school athletic complex and renovations at Maple Crest and Central middle schools.

The school board Monday approved the architect agreements, the first step in the process.

Superintendent Jeff Hauswald said the district won’t know specific details of the projects for another six months.

It’s looking at remodeling the concession stands and bathrooms at the high school athletic complex and adding a girls locker room, though, he said.

According to the Kokomo-Center Schools capital projects fund approved in September, the district plans to spend $500,000 on the athletic complex next year.

The new locker room will be used for girls track, softball, girls tennis and the visiting football team.

Hauswald said the high school athletic complex doesn’t have a girls locker room right now, so the district isn’t in compliance with Title IX regulations.

“That has to be done,” he said.

The district also plans to update the restrooms at the complex to make them ADA accessible and more centrally located.

“Right now, visitors have to come to the home side to use the restrooms,” said Dave Barnes.

Over the summer, the athletic complex got new sidewalks, ticket booths and a new entrance.

Hauswald said the plans for the two middle schools are a little more fluid.

“They’re next on our list,” he said. “Both need their cafeterias re-done.”

Central Middle School needs renovations to offices and to the auditorium and music rooms.

Maple Crest Middle School also needs renovations to its auditorium.

Hauswald said the district won’t complete all of those improvements next year. The architects will tell the district which ones are most pressing, he said.

According to the district’s capital projects fund plan, Kokomo-Center Schools could spend $1.2 million in building improvements at Maple Crest next year and another $2 million in improvements at Central Middle School.

Hauswald said these projects are in the very early stages, though, so nothing is set in stone.

The planning process will likely take nine months, he said.

“It will probably be March or April before you hear about it again,” he said.