(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Improvement Committee released this statement this afternoon:
“Due to the 2015 budget discussions at the January 27th Atlantic Community School Board meeting, the Atlantic School Improvement Committee is withdrawing the petition to obtain a bond for the proposed facility changes at Washington Elementary and High School buildings. The Committee still feels the need exists. However, they also feel that these discussions are essential and in the best interest of the tax payers to occur before any bond is brought forth.”
Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says the school board will not accept a petition to put the $19 million school bond issue up for election until they take a closer look at next years budget.
“The board wants to have a clearer picture of the budget before any decisions are made,” stated Amstein.
The issue is the cash reserve levy and unspent budget, which is basically the schools spending limit.
“We are getting pretty close to our max on that and the board wants to address this prior to accepting any petitions for a bond election,” Amstein said.
The fate of the bond issue will probably not be decided until the February 10 board meeting; however a work session has been scheduled for February 6.
The paper work to move forward with the bond election is due February 14, so the April 1 election date "maybe in jeopardy," according to Amstein, who admits the board may have to find ways to save money.
The proposal includes a brand new 80,000 square foot middle school attached to the current high school, plus other additions and improvements.
The need arose after Dr. Amstein reported an increased in the number of Kindergarten students entering the district over the past several years causing an overflow at Washington Elementary. The district is currently leasing two mobile classrooms to the accommodate overflow.
January 28, 2014