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Bond issue will be decided Feb. 9

Posted 2/02/16 (Tue)

Bond issue will be decided Feb. 9

By Journal Staff
About 75 members of the public turned out Monday night for the last of two informational meetings on a proposed $9.9 million bond issue for the Divide County School District.
The school board and administration have spent the past several weeks making a case for the bond issue, following an unsuccessful vote last year on a $20 million plan.
“Please come vote on Tuesday, Feb. 9,” Superintendent Sherlock Hirning said. “Invite your neighbors, and we hope for a favorable outcome.”
A new heating system and the addition of at least three or four classrooms at both the elementary and high school buildings are part of the plan. As well, a number of renovations are needed within the existing buildings to address security and modern educational needs.
Most of the comments at Monday’s meeting were supportive, though a few questioned the geothermal heating plan.
The high school was built in 1971 and the oldest part of the elementary school in the 1950s. Security, electrical capacity and more storage are also issues at both buildings.
According to an assessment from the state, the bond issue could result in an increase of about $95 to the property tax bill on the average Divide County home, but Hirning is hopeful the district will not have to bond for the entire amount of the work.
In order for the bond issue to pass, a super majority of 60 percent of votes cast must be in favor.
Polls will be open Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Fortuna, Noonan and Crosby.
Absentee ballots are also available at the District Office for those who are unavailable to cast their vote on election day.