The plan calls for:
- Demolition of the existing junior high and building a new middle school for grades 6-8;
- Adding 24 classrooms plus expansion of the cafeteria and building a new auditorium and gymnasium at the high school;
- Building a two-story addition and making renovations at J.F. Burns Elementary School;
- Adding six classrooms at Columbia Intermediate School and converting it to a grades 4-5 school;
- Modifying all elementary schools to house grades kindergarten to three and
- Relocation of the bus garage to a 13-acre site on Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road.
The millage needed to pay for the $89.9 million plan has dropped slightly, from 4.96 on last month’s ballot to 4.7 mills for the March ballot.
That’s because the auditor has determined new property valuations for 2020. Property in the district has increased from $922 million to $952 million, said Cary Furniss, district treasurer.