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Independence moving closer to groundbreaking for new school

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

The Independence Community School District is making progress toward building a new junior-senior high school.  Patrons of the district approved a $12.48 million bond measure in September to construct the new $28 million facility.  The approval came after five bond issues for a new school had failed since 2003.

The district is working closely with HSR Associates, the architects for the district's new junior-senior high school building.  District representatives have discussed various elements of the new building including an in-depth look at the building's floor plan, exterior design, interior design, and estimated energy consumption.

In December, the district's board of education gave the architects direction to proceed with finalizing the draft site plan with the facility facing west, approximately 600 feet from Iowa Avenue.   

The board has also agreed to incorporate a biking/walking trail from the new facility to the West Elementary building.  The trail will hook into the Liberty Trail, run in front of the new school building, and then wrap around the north property line east to the West Elementary building and football field.

Throughout the design phases of the project, the district has also given consideration to making the new school energy efficient.  The board is may allow for a bid alternate to build the new school using entirely geo-thermal energy.

The school's site plan is expected to be finalized in mid-February.  Preliminary site work should begin in March.  The official ground breaking will be held in mid to late April, with the project being finished by August 2013.

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