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COLUMBIA - Columbia Public School's board of education Monday night passed the $50 million bond proposal that would appear on April's ballot.

The bond will allow for the building of a new elementary school, costing $20 million. The school plans house 650 students. Existing Columbia school buildings could also benefit with updates and improvements.

The board will also passed the tax levy increase. The 40-cent increase will result in an extra eight million dollars for school operations and staff.

The board also heard a proposal for new school boundaries to include the new Battle High School, set to open in August 2013. A committee selected last year drew the plan. It includes a plan to covert middle and junior high schools to intermediate schools, open to sixth through eighth graders.