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South Central School Board to Hold Informational Meeting

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The South Central School Board has scheduled the informational meeting on the possible additions to South Central Grade and High Schools.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 30th, at the Middle School cafeteria in Kinmundy.  The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the proposed project.

Superintendent Rick Batchelor says the district's architect EWR and bonding company Mid State Bond will be in attendance. EWR will have drawings of the proposed additions and the bonding company will be able to explain the impact on property taxes. 

The board agreed to hold a public meeting before moving forward on the six classroom addition and cafeteria at the high school in Farina and a six classroom addition and multi-purpose room at the grade school in Kinmundy.  Right now Farina High School does not have a cafeteria and the grade school doesn't have a multi-purpose room.  The additions would also allow the high school to no longer use second story space that is not ADA accessible and move the 5th grade from the middle school to the grade school to solve overcrowding problems.   

The project has been reduced in size so the total local share will not exceed $2.9-million dollars.   A State Capitol Development Grant the district first applied for in 2003 would be used to pay the rest of the $10-million dollar cost.   

Batchelor said at the last regular meeting the property tax increase to pay off the bond issue would keep the tax rate lower than what it was several years ago before another bond issue was paid off.  

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