We’re getting our first look tonight at plans for the new Daviess County Middle School.

Construction on that school is expected to start as soon as this fall. It will replace the current one just off of East 4th Street. And it’s not the only school construction starting this school year.

It exists as blueprints now. But in about two years, those plans will become a reality.

“It’s going to be a fantastic teaching and learning environment,” says David Shutt, Dir. of Maintenance and Operations for Daviess Co. Public Schools.

Daviess County Public School officials say the new middle school will have three pods with ten classrooms each, with its own storm shelter, and an outdoor courtyard that is surrounded by the school. Shutt says the shelters will help protect students during severe weather or other incidents.

“Those shelters will be closer to the students, which will be a big bonus in an emergency situation,” says Shutt.

Contractors will start on a building pad for the new middle school later this fall, with building construction to start as soon as the following spring. Superintendent Matt Robbins says traffic was a major reason the site near gateway commons was selected.

“We have a lot of traffic, and it’s important that that’s able to be moved about in an efficient manor. Many of the sites we looked at were not conducive on that, they failed on the traffic component, so we couldn’t even go further,” he says.

The new middle school isn’t the only project for the district. An expansion of Apollo High School is expected to start as soon as next Spring. The two story addition includes more classrooms, a greenhouse and an engineering academy.

The Daviess County School Board could vote on the new plans as soon as their next meeting. Those plans will be going to the state for their review and approval.

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(This story was originally published on September 18, 2019)