Girard residents gather to learn about proposed plans for school - KOAM TV 7

Girard residents gather to learn about proposed plans for schools

The USD 248 Board of Education hosted a meeting for residents to discuss the upcoming school bond election on May 6th, a proposal to upgrade the city's school buildings.  Organizers of the Strong Schools for Girard Campaign say that modern, safer facilities are important for the community's future and have an impact on the future of education.

Superintendent Blaise Bauer answered questions and reviewed the proposed work for the high school, middle school, bus barn and elementary school. The changes for each building cover the spectrum, from new safety measures and expanded classrooms, to large structural changes to the schools' entryways.

"I went to grade school at Haderlein Elementary and the middle school and high school here at this building," said Girard resident Jerry Handson. "The elementary school was an old cheese factory before it became the elementary school and although it's had some facelifts and some additions, the actual structural portion of the building has not been improved since that time."

Superintendent Bauer said that now is the time to modernize.

"We need to have a facility that meets twenty first century learning skills for our students."

The project is two years in the making. The estimated cost for all the changes is $16 million, of which 56 percent the state will cover. The proposal would increase property taxes. The owner of a $50,000  home would pay just under $68 dollars more annually.

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