Construction of a new 14,000 square-foot addition to Four County Career Center will start next spring, Tim Meister, FCCC superintendent, said Monday.
The addition will be built over the former front entrance. It will include five new student spaces, plus office space that will free up additional classroom space in the original building.
“We hope to get 10 to 12 classroom spaces,” Meister said.
“We are completely out of space.”
The construction was made possible when voters across the four-county area approved a new two-tenths (.2) of a mill property tax levy for permanent improvements for the vocational school. It replaced an old levy that was being assessed at a much lower effective rate.
The levy is anticipated to raise nearly $600,000 per year.
Meister said the project was broken into three phases.
Phase I, completed over the summer, was the construction of a new driveway and bus loop on the east end of the building.
The drive will be the permanent access for school buses.
“It was getting congested out in front of the building,” Meister said.
Phase II, still under construction, is site work being done by Miller Brothers Construction, Archbold. It involved tearing down the old canopy over the entrance area and removing concrete and paving in preparation for the new classrooms and a new front entrance.
The third phase will be the construction of the new addition. Construction will wait until spring to allow the disturbed soil to settle, Meister said.
The new addition will become the main entrance.
Meister said once busses have delivered students to the building, the front entrance will be the only way into the school, in conjunction with security upgrades.