Tuesday evening the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the public got an update on the Kodiak High School renovation and upgrade project, which is moving right along.
Architect Tony Yorba told the group that working on a major renovation requires a lot of detailed decisions such as how best to get the gym, which doesn’t come anywhere near meeting emergency preparedness standards, up to current standards.
However, Yorba said the project is coming along and that the design is a super efficient use of space.
Efficiency is important as the borough tries to get the most bang for the local taxpayers’ buck. Right now, that burden falls on property tax owners, as a recent ballot proposition to implement a sales tax to cover some of the costs failed earlier this year.
The cost of the project is a big concern with many in the community.
The total high school project is estimated to cost $76 million, though local officials have said that the borough may get the state to pay some of the costs. Also, there are options — the so-called additive elements — that could be scaled back if necessary to bring the costs down.