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12 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November; Washington Catholic looks at possible construction, reno $2.25 million project would include new middle school By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Although the final decisions have not yet been made, pre- liminary plans are underway for new construction and reno- vation at the three Washington Catholic schools. Dennis Bradley, Washington Catholic principal, said plans include a new middle school building and renovations at the high school. The total costs of the project is an estimated $2.25 million, although the "committee isn't completed sat- isfied with the numbers," 1 Bradley said, adding, "We like the concept, but we are going to take a goo.d, hard look at those numbers." Earlier this year, representa- tives from the Washington Catholic community met with Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger to discuss possible building and renovation. Bradley said the bishop en- couraged the group to investi- gate the feasibility of such a project, explaining that any project would have to be ap- proved by the parish councils at both St. Simon and St. Mary churches in Washington. Last May, a Feasibility Task Force was appointed, charged with the job of gathering infor- mation about the current con- ditions of the three school buildings and student enroll- ment. David Snow and Char- lotte Bowling were co-chairs of the task force. In June, building committee Fund drive kicks off at Washington Catholic The Washington Catholic Schools' Catholic Education De- velopment fund drive is underway. Co-chairpersons for the fund drive are Mary Jo Wichman and Bonnie Graham. The goal is $574,000, with a giving pe- riod from Nov. 1, 1995 through Oct. 31, 1997. Volunteers will be soliciting donations from the Catholic community in Washington, including local businesses, banks, alumni and friends. The fund drive provides operating expenses for the three Washington Catholic schools. Mary Jo Wichman and Bonnie Graham are co: hairpersons for the Washington Catholic fund members were appointed to re- tain an architect who would prepare preliminary drawings and cost estimates. Members included Robert C. Graham III, John Dayton, Mary Jo Wich- man, Charlotte Bowling and Bruce Smith. They selected Rupert Condict of Professional Consultants, Inc. of Evansville. In the course of the study, the following building needs and problems were discovered: Middle school and high school need renovation, espe- cially in the areas of the sci- ence labs, restrooms and ath- letic facilities. The current buildings are not designed for computer/CD Rom technology. No building currently has air conditioning. The following recommenda- tions were presented to the Washington community during an Oct. 19 meeting: Build a new addition, cen- trally located, with new science lab, library/media center and music room. Wire new addition so that all classrooms will be net- worked with central computer. Build a new multi-purpose facility next to the new addi- tion for elementary and middle school athletic events, and for school non-athletic events. Renovate and lengthen high school gym. Renovate the ground floor of the high school. Add new windows in front of the high school. Wire the high school and the elementary school to net- work with central computer. Upgrade electrical service in the high school and the ele- mentary school for air condi- tioning. Bradley said plans call for a new middle school to be built west of the high school, in the area now used as a parking lot. The building would contain 22,969 square feet, and include a science lab, computer room, music room, four classrooms and a The facility would cot! million. As part of the work, the the high school lengthened to re Bradley said would also involve ing our basement flo0r,! prove our present and athletic facilities." No final decisions made als, Bradley said, committee find the best solution parish council tions will be sought." Bradley said from the Washington community tive." He said the feeling be that "We do this generation, and we want this right." OLY AMIL ALL ESTI Low Cholesterol Fried Chicken & Beef Dinners d, Prom l 1:00 am to 6:00 pm E,ST . " " $1 O0 Attendance Prize Eye Hour Starting at hO0 pm - 6 pm E,ST must Be Present To WIN Grand Raffle $ IO0O First Prize ,Sunday Masses 6:30, 8:30 afl'd 10:30 am EST verything COUNTRY SPLATTER FAMILY 00EAMON00 ALL NATURAL k,  MADE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA MILLER &: MILLER "Funeral Since