School to seek voter approval for $18.2 million bond

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District 777’s Board of Education unanimously voted to seek voter approval May 12 for an $18.2 million facilities improvement project. The board has sent the bond levy referendum proposal to the Commissioner of Education for approval.  
After months of discussion and meetings, the school board finally approved the bond levy amount, which it hopes will solve many of the educational needs facing the school district as it heads into another decade of education for District 777 students.
The board plans to meet again at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 and at that time, if the state commissioner approves the bond levy, the school board hopes to formally approve the bond levy amount, along with outlining the voting dates, places, and times.
That gives the school board almost three months to conduct several public hearings, intended to give district voters more information about the project, along with time to answer any questions.
If the bond referendum is approved by district voters, work on the project could begin in the summer of 2016 and might be ready by January of 2017, possibly right after the holiday break.
The main components of the bond levy include the demolition of most of the current Jr. High School building, except for the auditorium, which will become a new fine arts center.  The previous site of the junior high school classrooms would then remain as “green space” after demolition.

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