South Central School Board Issues Bonds for Building ProjectsAfter several months of planning, debate, and deliberation, the South Central School Board approved the issuing of $3.2 Million in bonds in order to cover the district's share of a $10 Million Capital Development grant released to the district by the State of Illinois.
The Capital Development Grant will be used for major renovations at the High School in Farina and the Grade School in Kinmundy. Each school will add eight new classrooms as well as Multi-Purpose rooms at each. The renovations will address several key problems present in the district, including overcrowded conditions present at the schools, lack of ADA compliance at the High School, as well as the high school lacking a bonafide lunchroom and kitchen--forcing students to eat lunch in the Gymnasium with food prepared in the schools small consession stand. Overcrowded conditions present at the middle school will be remedied by moving 5th grade students from the middle school to the new addition at the grade school.
Board President Chris Blomberg voted no on issuing the bonds, having voted no on the final renovation plans as well. Blomberg favored fewer renovations to keep the cost to taxpayers down.
The district intends to get started on construction as early as next spring.
The district approved its annual tax levy for next year. The 4.9% increase is just below the level a Truth in Taxation Hearing would be required. Superintendent Rick Batchelor expects the actual increase to be around 3.81% as a result of tax caps.
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