The district is asking for a six mill increase to replace the aging primary school, but the plan will also add a severe weather shelter for the community.
"The state partnership folks have said they would not pay for renovations," says Superintendent Allen Williams. "When they told us that we knew we have to replace that building sometime in the next three years."
Williams says the plan would move kindergarten through fourth grade to a brand new building next to the intermediate campus. The district also wants to use a $940,000 grant to build a FEMA safe room at the new site. During the school day the space will be used to hold classes, and after hours it will open up for the community during severe weather.
"Our community doesn't have a safe room," Williams says. "When we got the grant from FEMA and we started with this building project ,we thought we could incorporate it."
If approved, the increase will also pay to replace the district's forty year old high school gym.
"It's in need of a lot of repairs," Williams says. "Our architect has suggested it'd take almost $3 million in order to bring it up to where we need it and enlarge it because of our growth in the community. For about twice that amount we could build a building that would be around another 50 or 60 years and would be something that would be a better use of our funds."