The Debt Service Levy for the
The numbers come from
Oswald said there is nearly
"This is the best time to invest for schools in many years because the interest rates are so low," Helman said. "The interest rate we would get is half of what the rate was when the high school was built. It's a tremendous time to do this and will keep the costs very low."
Helman didn't have the official number about how much each
According to a study done by
"When you invest in this manner, student achievement goes up, student bad behavior goes down and employee moral improves," Helman said. "And people feel safer. Right now we have no fire suppression systems in these schools."
Helman said this week he was able to walk into
"But if I had been a stranger, I could have done the same thing," Helman said. "A lot of the parents are really concerned about the safety issue."
The proposed improvements in the bond issue include security improvements to all four elementary schools, along with making sure the buildings are climate controlled.
Helman and his group have met with rotary clubs and the Mount Pleasant PTA. Two meetings are scheduled in
Helman has heard rumors around town the school board in fact does have the money for the air conditioning in case the bond issue fails.
"The needs are much greater than just air conditioning, first of all," he said. "Two schools are 50, and two schools are 60 years old, and there's been no updating. The bond issue provides the money so we don't have to exhaust and drain every resource over 15 years to bring this project about."
If the bond issue fails, Helman said the district will face a timing dilemma.
"They will have to find a solution and will only be able to begin with one school that'll take three or four years to scrape together the funds for them before they start the next school," Helman said. "Of course, that will create controversy, because with four schools, one will be happy, and the other three won't be."
The problem, Helman said, is that the board would have to draw money from other programs and departments, leaving some out of luck.
"They will not have the funds for the 1-to-1 technology that many schools are starting," Helman said. "And we know in 10 years, the high school is going to need a new roof that will cost
"It will be a continuous day-to-day shell game of money management and robbing Peter to pay Paul, in turn short changing the kids."
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