Greater Clark County Schools unveil $119 million plan for new and renovated schools
The plan would include a total of three brand new schools and four renovations, but it would come at the cost of a tax hike. A board meeting on Tuesday night saw a more defined plan for a major overhaul of mainly the district's elementary schools but it's certainly not limited to just those schools.
"I take everything we do very seriously, and whenever there is a cost factor, we know we have a lot of people who are sensitive to the cost factors," said Superintendent Andrew Melin.
The total price tag for this project is $119 million. If passed, those schools would be paid for by a property tax increase. For a $100,000 property in Clark County, that would mean paying an additional $45 per year.
For a $200,000 property, it would be an additional $134 per year.
"So there would be an additional cost, but it's like $5 a week, and that's reasonable," Melin said.
The plan calls for closing Pleasant Ridge, Spring Hill, Thomas Jefferson, And Maple elementary schools.
It would also mean re-purposing Bridgepoint elementary school.
"We need to do what's best for our kids, they're the most important aspect of our community, if we're going to pay taxes, let's invest in our children," Melin said.
Three new schools would be built, and four others renovated. Dr. Melin says the plan that was presented on Tuesday evening took more than a year and a half to come up with. Enrollment projections predict 900-1000 more students in the next five to ten years for Greater Clark County schools which Dr. Melin says is part of the reason for the push for the school improvements.
Part of the plan includes a brand-new middle school as well.
"It's not just about our schools," Melin said. "We want to be a very attractive place for people to live and go to school."
No parents chose to speak at the board meeting Tuesday night, but school leaders expect that to change.
"We'll listen to what people have to say," Melin said. "I'll modify the plan if necessary, because ultimately, we need this to happen, our buildings need to be improved."
The board will vote on the proposal next month. If passed, it will go to a public vote in November.
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