Meeting Monday night, the Oak Ridge School Board voted 5-0 to propose building the city’s new preschool at Scarboro Park.
A new preschool has been on the city’s wish list for decades but the system’s hand was forced after the 70-year-old building that currently houses the preschool was found to not meet codes established for such a facility.
The other option the Board considered was Elm Grove Park, which at one time had been identified as the preferred choice for a new preschool building. That proposal met with resistance from people living nearby and that resistance coupled with widespread support from Scarboro residents for building the preschool there, ultimately proved to be the deciding factor.
The City Council is expected to sign off on the proposal when it meets in March. Preliminary cost estimates have placed the project’s price tag at approximately $9.1 million and city leaders say a financing plan could be included in the city budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st.
Plans for the new preschool call for 20 rooms with enough space for possible future expansion.