Danedri Thompson
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School officials will seek voter approval for a $29.7 million bond issue. Board members approved a bond application for submission during a Oct. 5 meeting.
If approved, the bond issue would add 18 classrooms and a separate career and technical education building to Gardner Edgerton High School.
Jeremy McFadden, director of business and finance, said the high school was originally designed to house 1,600 students. There are 1,519 GEHS students this year.
“The urgency is really watching the capacity of the high school get close to what it was designed for,” McFadden said.
The expansion would add capacity for approximately 600 additional students – about 450 students in a new wing of GEHS and about 150 students at a career and technical education building. The new building would be used for things like auto classes and culinary classes.
McFadden estimates the bond issue would not require increasing property taxes. Officials would use reserves to partially fund the high school expansion. McFadden’s estimates assume a bond interest rate of 4.75 percent and district wide property valuations increasing by an average of 3.5 percent annually.
Read the full story in the Oct. 14 edition The Gardner News.