POSTED: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 6:08pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 8:03am
The Jacksonville school board is deciding in August whether or not to call a nearly $50 million bond election. If the bond goes on the ballot and gets passed, several schools will be restored and rebuilt.
School board President James Houser says the district has outgrown their facilities in Jacksonville. He says there is absolutely no more room, and it's time to expand facilities.
If the bond passes, the money will add up in several areas. The school district says they'll build two new elementary schools, renovate Fred Douglas Elementary with a new cafeteria and classrooms, and give Jacksonville High School a new bandroom and closed-in corridors.
Houser says, "Right now is an excellent time to sell bonds. The administration did just go out and get applications for some funds." However, some may come from local pockets.
"We'll calculate how much each homeowner would have to give during the bond period, then give the public some examples of how much their taxes would increase," Houser says.