Tamarack Elementary School opened in January 1963, when John F. Kennedy was president.

It’s now the oldest elementary school in the Daviess County Public Schools system. And it’s ready for an upgrade.

David Humphrey, facilities manager for the county school district, said recently that renovations to the school, expected to cost between $1.5 million and $2 million, should start about the time school is out next spring.

 The school was built before family resource centers and school nurses were added to elementary schools, he said, and space needs to be created for both.

The office needs to be expanded, Humphrey said, and brought up to date.

New flooring is planned throughout the building.

Roughly 1,000 square feet will be added to the office and cafeteria areas, he said.

Total square footage to be added to the school by the renovation will be less than 2,000, Humphrey said.

The cafeteria and kitchen will be expanded and made more efficient, and the heating and air conditioning systems will be upgraded, Humphrey said.

A sprinkler system will be added throughout the school, he said.

┬áTamarack was on the edge of town when it was built, but it’s now well inside the Owensboro city limits.

Humphrey said the school had several additions in the late 1960s and during the 1970s and 1980s.

The last addition, the early learning center, was in 2007, he said.

RBS Design Group will do the design work on the project this winter and actual construction should start about the time school is out, he said.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com