New Tax For Schools To Go To Referendum

1 decade 1 year 9 months ago Saturday, February 25 2006 Feb 25, 2006 Saturday, February 25, 2006 7:36:51 PM CST February 25, 2006 in News

A helping hand is what the district is looking for.

"We are growing so rapidly that we just don't want to be caught in the crunch of numbers of students with teachers," said Barbara Lilgdick, a third grade teacher at Souther Boone County Elementary.

They think their students' education is in danger because of growth.

"Usually we've had a two percent growth over the last six years and this year we went up 75 students which was not the norm for our district," said Cathi Rust, Principal at Southern Boone County Elementary.

There are currently no more than twenty students per classroom, but that could change if new buildings don't start popping up.

"Looking three, four, five years down the road, yes we would have to increase class size at that time if we did not have extra classrooms to put them in," Rust said.

School officials want voters to accept a $6.2 million bond issue to pay for building and renovations. A twenty cent operating tax levy would pay for building costs and new faculty.

KOMU interviewed about 10 people in town and could not find anyone who didn't agree that the school district needs the bond and tax increases. And if voters vote yes on April 4, a new third and fourth grade building will be built about a mile down the road near the primary school.

"Not many of us are in favor of a lot of taxes but when it comes to school and we see the new ones coming in and they see that the need is there," said Ashland resident Bob Sappington. "So yes, I think we'll need it."

If voters reject the proposals, Rust says there is temporary room for students. The last option may be trailers.

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