North Posey County schools could get millions in upgrades

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The Metropolitan School District of North Posey County wants to make millions of dollars worth of improvements to three schools but at the cost to tax payers.

The school corporation held a public hearing Monday night about those projects.

Projects that would cost $7.5 million.

Some residents at the meeting said some in the community can’t afford a tax hike to pay for it.

The school corporation wants to make improvements to North Elementary and South Terrace Elementary Schools as well as North Posey High School.

Some of the improvements include an expanded parking lot, new playground equipment, classroom renovations, and a new turf field at the high school.

The new $7.5 million bond would be on top of two bonds the school system is still paying off.

Under this new plan, school officials say it would cost tax payers on average $4.68 month. That’s $56.21 a year.

While school officials say 78% of the cost will go toward academic and safety concerns, some are concerned about the new turf field, new track surface, and bleachers that are planned for the high school.

“We’ve got two other school corporations that have had their turf donated,” said one resident. “Why can’t we look for something like that as well to offset this instead of having the tax payers pay for it?”

“Need to update classrooms, add teachers, replace books, buy needed safety measures? Yes,” said another resident. “By all means, forge ahead. Put in athletic equipment that benefits few students, that makes you the school board look good, puts you right up there with Gibson Southern or Mt. Vernon? No.”

School officials say many of the improvements need to be made.

The school system has already cancelled track this year because their track is in such bad shape.

They also say some of the safety improvements planned will bring areas up to code.

They say that would make the buildings safer for students and staff.

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(This story was originally published on March 11, 2019)

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