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New Albany Floyd County Schools getting $87 million in makeovers

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) - Voters decided to give almost all of New Albany-Floyd County schools a makeover Tuesday, with $87 million dollars going toward construction.

Out of 16 schools, nine are getting improvements and two of them are being rebuilt completely.

Teachers inside Green Valley Elementary School still are not used to the smell.

"Moldy, musty, dirty.That smell kind of just hits you quick," said Taylor Eiler, a math coach.

"The smell can be pretty bad some days," said Brad Green, a teacher at the school.

Principal Brian Kehrer gave us a tour of the old school, built in 1958.

"From the outside, with the brick face, it looks decent," Kehrer said. "Inside, our HVAC system needs new, our carpet needs new, our plumbing needs new," Kehrer said.

The $87 million will go toward improving nine of the district's sixteen schools. Voters approved the referendum similar to one that was shot down last year.

Kehrer says you will not actually see a property tax increase.

"The way the ballot was written, it is a tax increase," he said. "But in reality, your current base is staying the same, which is really hard for the community to understand and believe. But we're trying to be good stewards of your money."

The new Green Valley Elementary will cost around $20 million. It will be built right next door on eight empty acres. While it is being built, the kids will stay put in the old building, then move over to the new property in 2018 when it is done.

Slate Run Elementary students will then move into the old Green Valley when construction for a new Slate Run starts in 2018.

"I look forward to a new fresh smell that our kids deserve," Kehrer said.

Work on Green Valley comes first, then New Albany High School, then Prosser School of Technology.

As far as some of the smaller projects, Floyds Knobs Elementary will see a new kitchen and cafeteria, Highland Hills will get a new canopy and car rider line, and New Albany High School will get a new library, cafeteria and common space.

The district says it hopes the first projects can begin in May of 2017. Each project will have a different duration.  The larger projects will take 16-18 months to complete, while smaller projects will be done in about 5-6 months.

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