Harrisburg High School may get a face lift

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - Parts of Harrisburg High School are more than 100 years old, but limited funds will force the school board to make a tough decision.

Superintendent Dennis Smith says demolishing all four buildings that make up the school and rebuilding a new facility would cost upwards of $40 million.

The district has only $15 million to bring the school up to date. That means the district must decide whether to renovate all four buildings, or just demolish and rebuild one of four buildings.

'B' building is the oldest, but Smith says the 'C' building needs the most work and has been targeted for demolition, if the board plans to move in that direction.

"That's the decision facing the board right now. Are we going to make one part of the building brand spankin' new, or fix all of it or a little bit," Smith said.

Smith says a structural investigation of all four buildings may make up school board members' minds for them. He says if structural engineers do not think the buildings can stand an additional 30-50 years with renovations, the school board will be left with just one choice: knock down and rebuild 'C' building and make plans for the remaining three buildings at a later date.

The school board is expected to make a decision on how to move forward by August.

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