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Will the third time be a charm for New London?

School working on another bond issue vote
Jun 18, 2013
Photo by: Contributed graphic Pictured above is a concept plan for a practice/junior varsity size gymnasium between the New London Middle/High School, located at the top of the diagram, and Clark Elementary, located at the bottom. The $2.78 million gym addition is part of the $3.915 million bond issue potentially facing residents of the school district. A petition was approved by the school board Monday night, and if 100 signatures are gathered by the July school board meeting, a special election will be held in September.

By STEPH TAHTINEN

Mt. Pleasant News

NEW LONDON — The New London Community School District is hoping that the third time’s the charm.

After residents of the school district voted down a bond issue twice in recent years, the New London School Board approved a petition Monday night calling for a special bond election for construction and renovation potentially totaling $3.915 million.

The school board’s approval allows the petition to be circulated for signatures. In order for the petition to be successful, there must be 100 signatures collected by the July school board meeting. If the signatures are collected, the school board will pass a resolution in August setting the special election to be held on Sept. 10.

The ballot would contain three different questions. Each question is for a different portion of the project, and are summarized below

1. Up to $515,000 to provide funds to improve, renovate, repair, remodel, furnish and equip the existing Clark Elementary and middle school/high school buildings, including, but not limited to, academic area improvements and building security improvements

2. Up to $620,000 to construct, build, furnish and equip an addition to the existing middle school/high school building to be used as a new entrance/lobby and concessions area to serve the existing high school gymnasium; to improve, remodel, renovate, repair, furnish and equip the existing gymnasium lobby/corridor area; and to improve the site

3. Up to $2.78 million to construct, build, furnish and equip an addition to the existing middle school/high school for a practice/junior varsity size gymnasium and related support spaces; to improve, renovate, remodel, repair, furnish and equip the existing middle school/high school locker rooms and corridor; and to improve the site, including, but not limited to, parking areas, sidewalks/pedestrian walkways and canopies

It is possible for none, one, two or all three of the questions to be approved by voters. If all three are approved, the combined total cost of construction would be $3.915 million.

If all three are approved, taxpayers can expect an estimated $2.70 per $1,000 property tax rate increase.

For a residential property with an assessed value of $87,388, this amounts to an annual additional tax of $116.24, or $9.69 per month.

For a commercial property with an assessed value of $107,505, this amounts to an annual additional tax of $292.96, or $24.41 per month.

For agricultural property (land only on a per-acre basis) with an assessed value of $1,100, this amounts to an annual additional tax of $1.76 or $0.15 per month.

In both December 2010 and February 2012, the New London bond issue failed to meet the 60-percent approval rating for passage, though both elections had more voters in favor of passage than against — 311 to 307 in December 2010 and 403 to 399 in February 2012.

In other business, the school board:

- Renewed a teacher-librarian sharing agreement with Danville Community School District. The cost is divided equally between the two districts, with each paying $31,763.65.

- Approved the resignation of Shane Barron, high school boys track coach.

- Approved the appointments of Cory Byrne, K-12 vocal music teacher; Joe White, high school boys track coach; Duane Blint, head high school girls basketball coach; Tom Koontz, assistant high school girls basketball coach; Curt Watson, head boys basketball coach; Bryant Porter, assistant high school boys basketball coach; Jess Swanson, middle school boys basketball coach; Patricia Anderson, kitchen worker; Scott Campbell, substitute bus driver; Megan O’Neil, football/basketball/wrestling cheerleader sponsor; Brian Swafford, middle school wrestling coach and assistant high school wrestling coach; Jon Brown, assistant high school football coach; Aaron Brown, assistant high school football coach; Brian Swafford, head middle school football coach; Mark McSorley, assistant middle school football coach; Charles Lorber, substitute bus driver; Walter Reynolds, substitute bus driver.

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