School Board requests additional funding for innovation center
A request for an additional $1.5 million from Winchester City Council to complete the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center was approved by the Winchester School Board on Monday night. The Career and Technical Center (CTE) will be housed in the former John Kerr Elementary School. Renovations to the building have started.
Funding available for the facility totals $15,059,669, but costs are now estimated at $17,269,586. City Council has already agreed to $13,259,669 in funds through bonds, in addition to state funds and donations.
Also Monday, the board unanimously set the final guaranteed maximum price for the center’s construction at $13,991,259. Howard Shockey & Sons is the contractor. Under the agreement, construction should be completed by Dec. 1, with the building fully operational in January 2021.
When the Innovation Center opens, it will offer CTE classes including the trades, health sciences, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) for young students and adults. The classes will be connected to a work-based learning program that will connect students to regional businesses paying high-wage jobs in targeted sectors.
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