School district says it will save over $19 million by planning for 2 high schools instead of 1

Two new high schools, one in Millville and one in North Logan, a new elementary school in Lewiston and numerous remodels and seismic upgrades. Those help make up the $129 million Cache County School District”s bond issue that will be on Tuesday’s election ballot.

Craig Ashton, the district’s chief academic official, was a guest on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2013_10_31_324_15865_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday.</a> Ashton said he is sometimes asked why not build one high school now and the other later. He said the district carefully evaluated that possibility.

“When we ran all the numbers and projected the numbers on that to include interest costs, operational costs of both plans,” Ashton said, “this plan because of interest rates the way they are right now will save nearly $19.2 million if you lay the two plans side by side and project them out to the year 2027.”

A brochure describing the ballot issue says if the bond does not pass other alternatives will have to be considered, such as double sessions and year-round school because the students are already here.

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