School Construction Update

New Buildings/School Construction

The Meridian School District is well on its’ way of building and renovating almost all of their facilities.  At the conclusion of the project, the students of Meridian will be housed on two campuses.  The Blue Mound Campus will consist of a brand new Prek-5 building connected to the existing gymnasium of Meridian Middle School.  The Macon Campus will house grades 6-12 in a newly renovated building and a new high school building being built on to the existing Meridian High School.  In addition to the building updates, the district is currently renovating its football, softball and baseball field and building a new all-weather track and soccer field.

The new additions of the high school and elementary school are scheduled to be completed in the middle of August, 2015.  Students and teachers are expected to begin using those schools, as well as the football field on Sept. 8, 2015, the first day of student attendance.  The soccer field, track and renovations to the softball and baseball field will be completed by November, 2015 with their use to begin during the spring of 2016.  The renovations to the existing Meridian High School that will become the new Meridian Middle School are scheduled to be completed in December of 2016 with students moving in right after Winter Break in January of 2016.

Supt. Brue stated, “The Meridian Schools are very fortunate to be able to build such great new school buildings and facilities.  At this point in the school year, we are on schedule to open as planned. I am excited for our students and teachers who get the opportunity to learn and teach in an environment that has been designed to meet the needs of modern learners.  This has been a challenging process, but one that is going to make a huge difference to our students and the community.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.”

The total amount of the project is $44,956,700.  The majority of the project funding comes from a $29,186,000 school construction grant from the State of Illinois.  Supt. Brue has indicated that the state has paid $26,567,000 of the grant so far.  The remainder of the school construction grant dollars will be paid upon the substantial completion of the construction project.  The remainder of the construction project was financed through a series of bonds that are being paid for through the 1% Macon County School Facility Tax and local tax revenues.  According to Supt. Brue, real estate taxes only account for $4,100,000 of the $44,956,700 project and have raised the total tax rate about eight cents or a 1.9% increase.