(Atlantic) The petitions calling for the Atlantic Community School Capital improvement project bond referendum goes to a vote will be presented to the Atlantic School Board at a work session tonight.
One-hundred and forty-eight signatures are needed on the petition to bring the $11-million bond issue to bring it to a vote. That number is derived from the number of district patrons that voted during the last school election divided by 25-percent. The last school election was held in September of 2011. During that election 590-people voted, 25-percent of that is 147.5. The date of the election has not yet been determined.
The Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says the reason for the multi-million dollar proposal is an increase in student enrollment. Amstein says over the next four years it is projected that the school system will show an increase of around 99-students.
The proposal calls for a new cafeteria and additional classrooms at Washington Elementary, eleven additional classrooms at Schuler Elementary, with a possibility of turning it into a 3-through-5 grade facility upon completion. In the plan, a new cafeteria and commons would be built at the Middle school in the space between the gym and the auditorium. In addition, seven new classrooms would be built at the high school, expand the art room, new heat pumps at the high school, and a new access road at Washington Elementary to help ease the traffic issues there.
According to school officials the School Districts current debt service levy is .88/$1,000. The approximate levy rate for the $11-million bond issue is $1.78/$1,000. The debt service levy for the new high school built in 1994 was $2.70/$1,000.
The work session starts at 7:30 this evening in the high school commons.
April 22, 2013