A new Charlestown High School could be open in early 2011 and cost about $40 million.  The Greater Clark School District will seek bids on the project in September.

The school board hopes a weak economy will bring numerous bidders from construction companies eager for work in a weak economy; therefore, that could save money.

About 120 people gathered to look at architectural renderings and other plans at the current high school Tuesday night.  They learned the school board can spend up to $39.8 million on the project.

It will include a systematic demolition of the current campus, juxtaposed with construction of the new building for 27 to 30 months.  The new facility could be finished by early 2011.

The new school is designed to house 900 students; vacant space on the campus will leave room for further expansion to 1200 students; 668 students attended the school last spring.

The Charlestown project is part of a $99 million bond issue for new construction and renovations at three Greater Clark High Schools.  Renovation at Jeffersonville High School started in the spring and will continue through at least the next school year.  Renovations at New Washington Middle and High School are also underway.

The school district and Charlestown city leaders will hold another meeting to review plans and costs at 6 p.m. August 11 at the Arts and Enrichment Center on Water Street in downtown Charlestown.