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Karns City outlines school renovation, closing proposal

September 21, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

Karns City Area School District officials on Monday outlined a $47 million to $51 million proposal to renovate and expand Chicora Elementary School and Karns City junior/senior high school, and close Sugarcreek Elementary School.

The proposal, which is recommended by the administration, was reviewed for residents during a virtual meeting Monday. Residents asked questions at the end of the meeting, but the administration and school board want input from residents before the board votes on the plan.

Superintendent Eric Ritzert said state law prohibits the board from taking action for 90 days.

Under the proposal, Sugarcreek Elementary School would close at the end of the 2022-23 school year, construction at Chicora Elementary would begin next summer and be completed before the start of the 2023-24 school year and construction at the junior/senior high school would begin in the summer of 2022 and be completed during the summer of 2024.

Read more in Tuesday's Butler Eagle.