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Warren County School District Looking to Build New Elementary School in Pine Village

The Metropolitan School District of Warren County is in the early planning stages of building a new elementary school in Pine Village. If the new school is built, it's likely the gym would be replaced with a newer facility.

Posted: Jan 16, 2020 6:37 PM

PINE VILLAGE, Ind. (WLFI)- The Metropolitan School District of Warren County is in the early planning stages of building a new elementary school in Pine Village. Over the last ten years, the elementary school has doubled its enrollment.
The new school would provide growth opportunities. However, the new plans could be demolishing a piece of history in the community.

"We are at about 190 students from where we were 10 years ago, where we were talking about less than 90 students,” said Ralph Shrader, the Superintendent of Metropolitan School District of Warren County. “That facility has been wonderful, to be honest, we have really overgrown it."

Since the school has nearly doubled in size, the district is looking towards the future. Especially since they believe Pine Village has the potential to grow even more.

"We want to modernize the facility but yet keep the history and the passion and the love for the community," added Shrader.

The new school would cost the district 20 million dollars and it would double the size of the elementary school itself.

"Our hope is to bring as much of the history of the buildings into the new as possible," said Shrader.

The Pine Village Gymnasium behind the school is a staple in the community. If the new school is built, it's likely the gym would be replaced with a newer facility.

"The facility is now over 100 years old and there is nothing in that facility that currently meets up to date code,” added Shrader.

While the gym has generations of memories. Pine Village locals said renovating the 1940's gym would be fiscally irresponsible.

"What we would have to do with it to make it up to code, people wouldn't recognize it as the old gym so we have to move on," Mitch Miles a lifelong Pine Village resident.

"It's an iconic sort of a building and there are a lot of memories of course but it also has a lot of cost maintenance with it that's going to cost more and more over time," added Doc Cottingham also a lifelong Pine Village resident.

The district is still deciding how they will move forward with the elementary school project. Whatever they decide, they say staying true to Pine Villages roots is a top priority.

"There's a lot of passion and love for the history of the school and we want to make sure that stays in place," said Shrader.
The gym is still currently being used on a daily basis.

The district hopes it will have the new elementary school finished by the 2024 school year.

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