Preliminary design plans for renovations to the Marshall Community Center for Eagle Tech Academy were approved this week.
Work on the 25,000 square feet of area to be renovated is scheduled to start in January.
Between now and then, bids for the project will be taken and further development plans will be reviewed.
Nine classrooms are on the list of construction work, as well as a student commons area and the office space for the building.
Plans call for the work to finish in the summer with staff ready to move to the building in July.
“It’s a fairly aggressive schedule,” said Steve Culbert of Gibraltar Design, the company hired to do the renovation plans.
The work involves two phases of construction estimated to cost about $1.9 million.
About $850,000 in federal stimulus money from last year, and $1.9 million in federal stimulus dollars from this year that will be sold as bonds will help finance this phase and future work.
Board members James Renbarger and Steve Hively continued their objection Monday to the project and the increase in property taxes to pay for the bond issue.
The nine classrooms to be renovated, each 1,227 square feet, will have large windows to the halls and a classrooms that can be arranged as-needed for that day’s events.
Large tables will take the place of desks attached to chairs and rooms will have projectors to use on pull-down screens.
A new entrance in the center of the east side of the building is also on the construction list.
The existing entrance will stay in use for easier access to the district’s central office.