Last School Bond Forum Monday
By Samar Fay Courier Editor
Published: Friday, February 22nd, 2013
The final community forum to discuss the Glasgow School District building plans and upcoming bond election will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the East Side School gymnasium.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and visit with local school officials regarding proposed improvements to the district facilities and construction of the new K-5 Irle School. Paul Bishop, the newly hired owner’s representative for the school district in the building project, will be present at the forum to meet the public and answer questions.
The $18.8 million total project is split into two bond questions. Bond question 1 is a request for $16.8 million to replace Irle School and refurbish East Side School and Glasgow High School. Bond question 2 is a request for $2 million to remodel the entrances at the central office to ADA standards and tackle several projects at the high school.
The biggest single item is replacing Irle School, which was built in 1958. By constructing on the same site, next to the old building, school will continue uninterrupted.
At East Side, five more classrooms are needed to accommodate grades 6 through 8, along with more bathrooms and a commons/lunchroom. The shop, home ec room, library and kitchen need improvement, as well as the configuration of the drop-off area.
Bond Question 2 comprises a miscellany of needed work. The high school auditorium seats are worn out and having no center aisle is not convenient. The improved HVAC system has already produced savings but needs to be finished.
There are safety issues with having concrete-edged jump pits at the football field. Officials would like to move the jump and pole vault pits and lay multi-purpose artificial turf to form a football and softball field.
Paving the parking lot would end the chronic pothole farm. Community members are interested in a walking path around the site.
Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the Glasgow School District on Feb. 21. The ballots must be returned to the Valley County Election Office by March 14.
If you are unable to attend this meeting and have questions, please feel free to contact Superintendent Bob Connors at 228-2406.
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