The school district is seeking a $1.25 capital improvements levy in the April 4 election. The levy would enable the district to borrow $7.5 million to do major renovation projects at the high school and elementary school. The money would be paid back over the 20-year life of the levy.
Board members Kevin Clary, Cyndi Flanagan, Brenda Jarrett, Mike Luerssen, Ted Noirfalise, Jacob Reese and Shaun Watson held a work session January 23 with Superintendent Robin Ritchie in the high school agriculture classroom. Fourteen members of the public were also in attendance and assisted in developing the framework of a campaign committee.
The education campaign for the levy issue will be called “Rebuild the Hill.” It will outline the work needed, including interior renovation of the high school “A” and “B” buildings and the old gym, connecting the “A” and “B” buildings with a secure corridor that includes administrative offices and handicap-accessible restrooms, and completely redoing all the restrooms in the elementary school building, as well as removing trailers and building additional classroom space.
The school district cannot run a campaign in support of the proposed levy, so that work will be done by a citizens’ group called Bulldog Builders Committee. During the hour-long work session Monday evening, those in attendance suggested members for the committee that will help get the word out about needed improvements and raise funds to advertise the ballot issue.
To assist in educating the public about the improvements being sought at the school, Ritchie said a video would be made showing each building, when it was built, the work that needs to be done, and an artist’s rendition of what the completed work would look like. The costs associated with each of the projects would also be featured.
News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise