MOUNT VERNON — Ground was broken Thursday on the new building to house the JROTC and sports medicine programs at the Knox County Career Center.
The KCCC board approved proceeding with the program this spring and hired Architectural Vision Group to prepare the plans for the $2.8 million project.
The new addition will have 18,175 square feet of space and include classrooms, storage and office space for both programs, a kitchen area, locker rooms and restrooms for both men and women, and a multipurpose space large enough for a full-sized basketball court. The addition will be attached to the existing adult education building.
The project is being financed through the sale of bonds and paid back from general funds.
Superintendent Bernie Pachmayer told the crowd on hand for the ceremony that the board will open bids for the project Aug. 23 and award a contract. She said they hope work will be able to get under way by early in September and this time next year everyone will be invited back for the official ribbon cutting.
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