silver creek high

Silver Creek (Ind.) board approves $48 million expansion of high school

May 12, 2023
The additions to Silver Creek High in Sellersburg will increase its capacity from 550 to 1,200.

The Silver Creek (Ind.) school board has approved a $48 million bid for a multimillion-dollar expansion at Sliver Creek High School in Sellersburg.

WDRB-TV reports that construction is expected to begin by the end of June and last several months, according to Silver Creek Superintendent Chad Briggs.

Officials say the two-story renovation is overdue.

"This school was built back in the early '60s, and it hasn’t been touched since then," Silver Creek Board Vice President Scott Groan said.

The lack of expansion and renovations over the years have brought challenges.

"There is not a lot of space for students," parent Dawn Wilcoxon said. "A lot of things need to be updated. They have to share locker spaces.

The district considered renovations three years ago, but the money wasn't there.

"We were over budget by $10 million," Groan said. "We asked for a rebid. We asked to go back out. We were told its going to cost you 30% more, if you delay this project."

The high school now holds 550 students. The addition will increase capacity to 1,200 students.

The Silver Creek district was formed in 2020 when the West Clark district split into two: the Silver Creek and Borden-Henryville school systems.

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