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Administrators in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District have scheduled informal public meetings in the coming weeks to field questions about the 4.4-mill bond issue on the August 2 ballot.

If passed, the issue would finance the construction of a new school building for kindergarten through the seventh grade as well as improvements to the high school building.

School officials are estimating the project will cost $43.6 million, including the demolition of the R.C. Waters Elementary and Oak Harbor Middle School buildings if the district is unable to sell the buildings.

Superintendent Guy Parmigian and Cajon Keeton, district treasurer, plan to hold community coffees to discuss the project with the public. On May 19 they will be at the McDonalds restaurant in Oak Harbor at 10 a.m. They will be at the Subway restaurant in Oak Harbor on May 26 at 7:30 a.m. On June 9 the meeting will be at Kozy Corners Restaurant in Oak Harbor at 10 a.m. A noon meeting on June 23 will be held at Blackberry Corners.

Parmigian last week said a new building would meet safety as well as educational needs.

Education and teaching practices have changed, he said, adding that today there is a great need for small group learning areas that current facilities do not provide.

“At Oak Harbor Middle School, for example, it is impossible to maintain a consistent temperature across the building because of a very old heating system and infrastructure,” Parmigian said.

The proposed building would be located on 13 acres of farmland the district purchased recently adjacent to the high school building on State Route 163.

Construction of a new school is expected to be completed in time for students to attend in the fall of 2019.

A new K-7 school was one of several options considered over five months by a panel of residents, school officials, parents and others that also weighed renovating all the buildings in the district. During its building review, the panel estimated it would cost about $10 million to renovate the R.C. Waters building and about $14 million for the middle school, which is 105 years old and served as the district’s high school from 1911 to 1975.

Information about the bond issue is also posted on the disrict’s website.



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