HUNTERTOWN — Northwest Allen County Schools plans to break ground March 16 on its Carroll High School site improvement project, which will include upgrades to several athletics and performing arts facilities, including a revamped football stadium with expanded parking.

The Board of School Trustees unanimously accepted a bid on the project from Weigand Construction, which is located just south of the district, during a meeting Feb. 24. The project comes at an estimated cost of just over $20 million.

“We had great participation from people that are in this community,” Ryan Lough, Weigand’s senior project estimator, said.

The project will include a new turf football field, added parking and seating, an asphalt marching band practice area and improvements to the school’s soccer facilities. The project will require relocation of some of the school’s athletic facilities.

During last week’s meeting, NACS Superintendent Chris Himsel noted that several alternates in the accepted bid will allow for all-LED lighting and enough seating to be able to sponsor some Indiana State School Music Association events, which could provide future fundraising opportunities.

Initial site improvement planning began in the 1990s, and the plans were updated as part of the most recent Carroll High School expansion. Conceptual plans were presented to the school board at a meeting in February 2017. However, the district chose not to pursue the project until after the referendum process to gain approval for the construction of Aspen Meadow Elementary School in 2018.

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