Board splits bond vote

BC Facilities, athletic turf to be separate referendums, public hearing Jan. 16

— School administrators and staff wrote a letter to the school board in favor of the cameras and Superintendent Tom Douglas said the cameras help during the interviewing process of students after an incident occurs.

Two high schools students at the meeting said they were in favor of having the cameras installed.

“Personally, I think they are a great idea as long as they are used properly,” said student Kevin Flynn. “I’m sure I don’t speak for the entire student body, but I think they could deter a lot of crime happening in the school.”

Flynn also suggested the district install some fake cameras to confuse students about which ones were legitimate.

It was ultimately decided in a 4-3 vote to keep the internal cameras in the plan.

The bond for a new turf athletic field would weigh in at $3.1 million. The plan would include modifications to the bleachers, pressbox, walkways, scoreboard and track.

“I think it will go forward as a separate bond,” said school board President Diane Giacone-Stever, adding that she feels the new field is needed after hearing about the extended uses of turf, how it is more cost effective and hearing stories from students and staff.

If both proposals were passed by the public, annual taxes would raise by $20.17 for a home valued at $100,000. That is assuming 70 percent of the project will be funded by the state and the district is able to get the current interest rate of 4 percent.

Before the referendum is officially voted on and a March vote set, a public hearing must be held and is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

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