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Meeting on Pioneer school project Tuesday night

An informational forum on the $31 million capital project planned for Pioneer schools will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. today in the George C. Crawford Auditorium at Pioneer High School, 12145 Countyline Road, Yorkshire.

Voting will take place at the high school from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4.

A new 10-classroom science addition at the high school anchors the project. The new space is designed to meet state mandates for classroom sizes and equipment. Existing science classrooms will be reused and renovated for the music department, creating distinct rehearsal classrooms for orchestra, band and chorus. The renovations also increase instrument storage and practice space.

Four additional science classrooms in the high school will be converted to special-education classrooms under the project.

An addition is proposed for the agriculture barn/center on the high school grounds that would house a portable sawmill owned by the department.

The project also calls for replacement of primary electric service for the high school and middle school campus, as well as the removal of a 500-gallon underground diesel fuel storage tank at the north end of the high school grounds.

The other major part of the plan includes renovations for the third floor of Arcade Elementary School, parts of which date back more than 80 years. All third-floor classrooms and restrooms will be gutted and resized, with the installation of new ceilings, flooring, lights and heating/ventilation/cooling. The rooms will receive new finishes, cabinetry and paint.

The project is designed not to increase the tax rate, and is financed through a combination of sources, including state building aid, state EXCEL funds, and capital reserves.

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