MORGAN-Cedar Mountain School District voters approved a $7.7 million bonding referendum Tuesday with 77 percent (488 of 663 voters) approving the issue. There were 175 "no" votes.
The project will enable the school district to update its Morgan and Franklin buildings in many ways over the next two years, Cedar Mountain Superintendent Bob Tews said. He voiced pleasure with the referendum vote.
"We were very pleased with the voter turnout," said Tews. "We knew our communities would support our schools. They always have."
Tews said the school district foresees substantial project cost savings by taking advantage of current low bond rates. "That was part of the urgency to get this (referendum vote) done in May instead of November," Tews added.
In the coming days, school district authorities will review recent public meetings, meet with architects and create a project timeline. "We're looking at having a new section built by the fall of 2015 and be done with it all by the fall of 2016," Tews said.
Work planned to begin this summer at the elementary school in Franklin includes a secured entrance, kitchen remodeling as required by the State Food Inspector, replacing 1955 classroom cabinets and replacing heating and ventilation equipment.
Middle/high school projects include adding a new main floor computer lab and library/media center/resource room, relocating the high school office, adding new cafeteria and kitchen facilities to meet food safety codes, adding four new classrooms, converting the current library to two classrooms and transforming the cafeteria and kitchen into three classrooms.
In addition, adding gym storage, handicap-accessible elevators, updating the fire alarm system, replacing windows in the 1939 and 1956 sections of the building, replacing gym bleachers, improving and increasing restrooms, a secure cafeteria entrance, door replacement, improving office spaces and small group work areas, remodeling the kitchen as required by the State Food Inspector, heating and ventilation replacement, new student lockers and improving community use facilities.
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