Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

November 12, 2012

Slideshow: Inside the new auditorium

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville — It doesn't look like much yet, but work is progressing inside the shell of Knoxville High School's new auditorium. 

Most of the walls, including those for the dressing room area of the auditorium, have been erected. Crews are busy working inside the main shell, on a gravel foundation, to try to seal the outside of the building to make it easier for work inside to be done over the winter. Insulation for the roof has arrived and is on top of the shell. 

Superintendent Randy Flack said he believes the construction company has made progress to the point that, barring any emergencies, the building could be completed on schedule. Construction is scheduled to be completed by July 1, 2013. 

The auditorium project is being funded through a bond passed by the Knoxville School Board. The board intends to repay the bond using sales tax revenue, and not through a property tax increase. The sales tax revenue received has been restricted by the Iowa Legislature, and can only be used for physical plant projects, not general fund expenses such as salaries and benefits. 

We'll periodically track the progress of the auditorium over the next several months.