JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WDRB) – The Greater Clark County Schools board is moving forward with a plan to improve school building infrastructure in the district.
Board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept a $68 million plan that would focus on improving the safety and infrastructure of existing school buildings. This comes on the heels of a failed bond referendum that Clark county voters shot down by a wide margin in November’s election.
“We had a comprehensive facilities study completed and it had almost $200 million of project needs in our district," Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin said at Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting. "We have to do something, we have to do more."
Melin presented a list of projects that the $68 million will go to over the next five years. The projects will be funded by capital projects funds or general obligation bonds. No one project on the list exceeds $2 million, allowing the district to move forward without voter approval.
“We need to have a sense of where we are going,” Melin said. “The priorities can change so we can come back and look at this.”
Just over $15 million will be used on projects in 2016.
Melin said that by the end of 2017, every building in the district will be improved in some way. However, the plan can be adjusted from year to year and the Board of Trustees will have to approve each project list, each year.
The first schools to receive funding to enclose the current open-air design will be River Valley, Charlestown and North Haven.
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