Ivy Tech Seeking $3.5M From Batesville, Schools

Posted On April 23, 2012

(Batesville, Ind.) – Ivy Tech Community College wants some financial help in moving and expanding its Batesville campus.


The college announced plans in February to relocate from its current home on County Line Road in Batesville to the Forethought Building on State Road 46. The expansion would allow the Batesville campus to house science, health, and manufacturing labs.


The Batesville Herald-Tribune reports Mayor Rick Fledderman told the Batesville Economic Development Commission and Batesville Industrial Park Commission on April 12 that the cost for the college to move there is about $6 million.


Ivy Tech has asked the City of Batesville and Batesville Community Schools to reimburse $3.5 million.


Mayor Rick Fledderman said the money could come from various sources:


– $1 million from a City of Lawrenceburg Government Support Grant. The city could learn by the end of April whether it will obtain the grant.


– $1 million from City of Batesville funds.


– $1 million from the Batesville Community School Corporation. Superintendent Jim Roberts said this month the school district does plan to invest in the Ivy Tech expansion, calling it a K-14 educational program.


– $500,000 from citizens.


Ivy Tech Southeast region Chancellor Jim Helms stated earlier this year that the expanded Batesville site could be open to students by January 2013.