DELTA JUNCTION (AP) The Delta/Greely School Board is poised to ask for bids to construct a 450-student elementary school building across from the existing Delta School.
The board met last week and approved preliminary plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot building. The project is estimated to cost $9.5 million.
The school district's architects have designed what they've called an expandable building. Board members chose that plan to increase flexibility if enrollment continues to rise.
''By putting it over there, we have room for growth in the future,'' said Doris Fales, board president.
Earlier plans had been for a $15 million-plus building attached to the existing high school with common-use facilities. But school board members nixed that plan in late May when it didn't prove cost-effective.
Much of the money for the new school is coming from Missile Defense Impact Funds, granted to the community because of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense missile site under construction at nearby Fort Greely.
Other funding is coming from the district's capital improvement fund, largely state money.
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