Tolar school bond forum Monday night

October 13, 2012

Tolar school officials will host a community meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in the Tolar Elementary Gym to discuss a $7.2 million bond issue to build an elementary school and other facilities.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The school would be built on the old football field. The old fieldhouse, no longer in use, would be removed for parking.

The school is out of elementary classroom space, Tolar School Superintendent Bruce Gibbs said.

“We have elementary students in three buildings for classes, but they must go to the elementary gym for P.E. and music, and to the junior high building for lunch and to go to the library,” Gibbs said. “During the typical day we have elementary students crossing parking lots and city streets to get to classes. With only one principal, he cannot be visible in all five buildings that have elementary students.”

The superintendent said a new elementary is needed because the old elementary building requires major improvements that are not cost effective.

If approved, the bond issue would increase taxes about $170 annually on a $110,000 house, Gibbs said.

Taxpayers age 65 and over will not see a tax increase on homestead property, Gibbs pointed out.

The first priority after the elementary building, Gibbs said, will be improvements to the junior high facilities.

The junior high will have space for three additional classrooms by relocating the cafeteria to the elementary, the superintendent explained. “There will be additional space for junior high classrooms and for district offices in the intermediate building.”

Portable buildings will be removed if the bond issue passes, Gibbs said.

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