Norton: school bond will do more than just build new high schools

Overcrowding and comtinual growth in secondary schools and major seismic concerns in identified elementary schools are the major issues behind the Cache County School District’s $129 million bond proposal. Officials are hoping patrons will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 5 and support the plan which has been recommended by a Citizens School Buildings task force made up of community representatives and parents.

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_10_22_328_15458_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday</a>, Cache County School Superintendent Steve Norton said the bond, if passed, will fund 9-12th grade high schools in Millville and North Logan, along with a new Lewiston elementary school and numerous other improvement projects.

“When you factor in and look at $129 million we know it is a large number,” Norton said. “But it also looks to us to be a very economical way to plan for the secondary growth that’s happening in our district and taking care of, for the first time, about $44 million worth of seismic needs that are taking place in our elementary schools.”

Norton said the district feels this is a good time because of low interest rates and favorable construction costs. He said property taxes on a $197,000 home would go up by approximately $125 per year or $10 a month.

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