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Meridian Community Unit School District #15 is committed to developing and following a visionary and dynamic curriculum in collaboration with a knowledgeable and dedicated staff. We will develop an environment that encourages students, parents and community members to be active participants. This culture will support diversity in a safe and caring environment that empowers students to achieve the solid academic foundation necessary to prepare them for the opportunities of a challenging world.
Demolition of the former Macon High School Set to Begin Tuesday, September 29th
Update: The Demolition will begin approximately 8:00 – 8:30 AM on Wednesday, September 30th.
The Meridian School District is well on its’ way of building and renovating almost all of their facilities. At the conclusion of the project, the students of Meridian will be housed on two campuses. The Blue Mound Campus will consist of a brand new Prek-5 building connected to the existing gymnasium of Meridian Middle School. The Macon Campus will house grades 6-12 in a newly renovated building and a new high school building being built on to the existing Meridian High School. In addition to the building updates, the district is currently renovating its football, softball and baseball field and building a new all-weather track and soccer field.
A part of the construction project is the demolition of the two story building that formerly housed Macon High School. That demolition has been set to begin on Tuesday, September 29th. The school district is making plans with Christy-Foltz Inc. to set aside brick for those individuals that would like one as a keepsake. In preparation for the demolition, the school district has emptied the buildings contents, removed all asbestos from the building and removed the cornerstone for safe keeping.
Superintendent Dan Brue said, “The building that will be demolished has served the community well since 1926 so I am sure it will be heart wrenching to see the building come down. However, the school district has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to modernize its’ campuses, and we are looking forward to the continued progress of the construction project.”
The total amount of the project is $44,956,700. The majority of the project funding comes from a $29,186,000 school construction grant from the State of Illinois. Supt. Brue has indicated that the state has paid $26,567,000 of the grant so far. The remainder of the school construction grant dollars will be paid upon the substantial completion of the construction project. The remainder of the construction project was financed through a series of bonds that are being paid for through the 1% Macon County School Facility Tax and local tax revenues.