After receiving the news that the school district had been
approved for $50 million to finishing rebuilding a few schools, the school
board is looking to ask voters for help covering the rest of the $79 million
The first is an expected 3.25-mill bond issue; and the other is a .5-mill permanent improvement levy.
combined millage is an expected 3.75 mills, according to district treasurer Tim
Penton, however the school board will discuss and finalize the proposal soon.
The Lakewood City Schools got the green light to receive $50.4 million in state money to build/renovate three school buildings, but the district must now make up the difference of the state money for the expected $79 million project.
Earlier this year, Lakewood voters overwhelmingly approved a 3.9-mill operating levy.
The final phase of the school district’s Master Facility Plan would demolish Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools, as well as the eastern portion of the high school, then rebuild them.
The local share is an expected $28.6 million.
The school board is expected to discuss the measure at tonight’s meeting.
“We need to finish the projects to provide all of our children the same access to technology and better learning spaces,” board vice president Linda Beebe recently told Lakewood Patch. “The community has waited far too long for these projections to come to completion.
In 2009, the district decided to shutter Grant Elementary School. However, the district recently shifted gears when presented with new data suggesting that enrollment is projected to climb during the next several years.
The school will stay, but like the others it will be rebuilt.
At the high school, everything east of the Civic Auditorium will be demolished and rebuilt.
Demolition on the buildings could begin as soon as summer of 2014, with construction beginning that fall. Details, such as where classes will be held during the construction, still need ironed out.
The project is the third part of a plan that’s been in the works for years.
The first phase of the district’s Master Plan built Hayes and Harrison elementary schools and Harding and Garfield middle schools in 2004.
Renovations of Horace Mann and Emerson elementary schools, as well as the western portion of the high school, were part of Phase 2 in 2007.
Widespread financial hardships prevented the district from moving forward with the third phase then.