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Coultrap forum set in Geneva

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 6:51 p.m. CDT

GENEVA –  The Geneva District 304 school board has set a third community forum on the fate of Coultrap at 6 p.m. Monday at the former school building, 1113 Peyton St.

School officials held two forums in June on what to do with the school, built in 1923. It was closed as an attendance center in 2009. Williamsburg Elementary School was built to replace it.

The Superintendent’s Facility Task Force recommended Coultrap be demolished. School board members are seeking further input before making a decision sometime later this month, according to a statement from the district.

This will be the last public forum scheduled. Those who are unable to attend the forum but want to provide input may email the school officials at board@geneva304.org. 

An option for school officials is to relocate the district’s administrative offices from Fourth Street to this facility. This would require major repairs and renovations to exterior walls, plumbing and electrical systems. Costs range from $2.3 to $4.3 million. 

Another option is to demolish the building at an estimated cost of $862,000 and keep the administrative offices at Fourth Street.

It costs about $69,000 annually to operate Coultrap at a minimal level. Within the next three to five years, the building will require major repairs estimated to cost $1.2 to $1.6 million to bring it to working order.

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