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Site near Nachand Fieldhouse considered potential location for new Jeffersonville school

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -

It will take $1.8 million to save Jeffersonville's historic Nachand Fieldhouse, and school district leaders said it could be the future site of a new school.

City leaders want to breathe new life into the 90-year-old facility with its "Save the Fieldhouse" campaign. That could mean partnering with Greater Clark County Schools to build a new elementary school right next door.

"Everybody in the community wants to see this site preserved," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said. "I think it's a great fit."

Moore said the empty buildings next door could be the site of a new downtown elementary school.

"Everything that's going on in downtown Jeff is around this piece of property," he said.

Last week, the Greater Clark County School Board voted to close Maple and Spring Hill Elementary Schools and build a new one somewhere downtown. The site on Court Avenue is a half mile from Maple and just over a mile from Spring Hill.

"It's a part of town that could be a viable consideration," said GCCS Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin.

Melin said the district owns several buildings on the property next to the Fieldhouse.

"We could connect (the school) to the Fieldhouse," Melin said. "That could be the elementary's gym."

The new school would open in the fall of 2019 and must be large enough to hold up to 550 students. Melin said other options include the district's bus barn off East 11th St. or building on the current site of either Maple or Spring Hill.

Some community members have expressed concerns with a school close to the county courthouse and jail, but Moore points out that an alternative school already sits next door. The district reports no history of safety issues in the area.

"I live ten doors down," Moore said. "This is a safe area. It's a very positive growing area.

"I love the fact that we're next to the courthouse. I love the fact that we're a block away from the public library. You couldn't ask for a better location."

The district said it will take up to six months to choose a location for the new school. The city said they expect to raise enough money to fix the Fieldhouse by the end of this year.

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