The construction crews are following a tight schedule to complete the 113,608 square foot building that will house grades 6 - 8. A portion of the new building is now standing at the site, 50 McNeel Drive.
“The Corbin School community is extremely excited as our new middle school begins to become a reality. A considerable amount of time and effort was put into the planning of the facility prior to construction and to see those ‘paper dreams’ begin to come true is very gratifying,” Corbin Schools Superintendent David Cox said.
The construction of the new building started in February 2016 and the groundbreaking ceremony was held this past June. Community members attending the ceremony commented the site had already changed dramatically.
The site is the former Saint Camillus Academy property that was purchased by the Corbin School District in 2013. The property was purchased from the Sisters of Divine Providence and is set to be paid off this year. It consists of 26 acres located in the heart of Corbin.
Prior to the start of construction, architect firm Sherman-Carter-Barnhart and Hacker Brothers Construction met with administrators, board members, staff, and even students to complete the design and planning stages. The top priority for the building is to create an atmosphere for learning while integrating technology, accessibility, and safety.
The School Facilities Construction Commission, SFCC, is assisting with the construction and building funds. SFCC offered their assistance in building a new middle school in September 2014. The agreement required the Corbin Board of Education to commit the district’s facility bonding potential toward the building project with the state providing the rest of the funds. The district received the offer of assistance based on the factors of poor building evaluation scores, a building project ready to move forward, a commitment to excellence from the district, and community support for education.
“While the building and facilities are certainly integral to a great education, we know the students, staff, and community are the most important factors in our success. To that point, we would like to thank our community for their continued support throughout the years. Without their generosity and willingness to go above and beyond what is required, this school would not have been possible.” Cox said.
The photos included show the site changes from the date of purchase in 2013 to December 2016.