(Oakland) As we’ve been telling you about throughout the week, the Riverside School District would like to build a $23 million school but needs the public’s help for about 2/3 of the funding.
The district has obtained 70 acres of ground near the intersection of highways 59 and 6 with the hopes of putting up a 7th-12th grade building. They’ve made minor changes along the way as they receive feedback from the public. Among the recent tweaks to the plan is the addition of an auditorium and a shift from a Pre-K through 12th building to a 7-12th building. The 7th and 8th grade part of the building will be in a separate area from the high school students.
Superintendent Jim Sutton says that allows for the district to move other grades there in the future if needed. It also includes an auditorium. "That was one of the biggest changes in this last election. The fine arts are important to Riverside and we think that's going to be a plus."
Another big benefit will be putting the athletic fields being combined into one location. He reminds that the current plans are just a draft.
"It takes the architects probably about six months after the passage of a bond to actually sit down and make the final additions and they do a lot of working to determine exactly what that building is going to look like."
If the vote does pass he expects they would be moving into the new building by August of 2015.
Voters go to the poll on Tuesday.