LOWELL | While the planned Tri-Creek Learning Center remains the subject of conversations between the Tri-Creek School Corp. and Ivy Tech Community College, its future is in limbo.
Tri-Creek Superintendent Debra Howe said she remains hopeful the center will become a reality with Ivy Tech as its partner.
Ivy Tech announced a $68 million deficit in June, halting the district's plans for a learning center where the college would have been the primary tenant.
On Thursday, the Tri-Creek School Board agreed to pay $252,000 for architectural work completed on the learning center project by CSO Architects.
As planned, the learning center would include college classrooms, professional development space for Tri-Creek, and a day care for practical use and as an early childhood development classroom.
The learning center would be on property at 200 W. Oakley Ave., where Lowell Middle School once stood.
The Tri-Creek School Board also approved contracts with The Skillman Corp. on Thursday for an addition at Lake Prairie Elementary School, the planned Tri-Creek Transportation Center, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning upgrades at Three Creeks Elementary School and Lowell High School. Architectural contracts with CSO for all but the learning center also were approved.