Beloit school referendum asking for $70 million
The district says the plan addresses the challenge of maintaining aging facilities, eliminates crowding, saves the district $2.3 million annually, addresses current and future educational needs of students and lessens student transitions between schools.
The referendum would add about $68 a year to the property taxes of an average Beloit home valued at $75,000.
The referendum seeks approval of general obligation bonds not to exceed $70 million for a plan that includes:
-- Renovating and adding on to six grade schools to include pre-kindergarten.
-- Creating four intermediate schools, including one new school on the southeast side of town, for grades 4 to 8. Grades 4 to 6 would be separate from grades 7 and 8 within the schools.
-- Constructing a new pool at Beloit Memorial High School, relocating the fitness center to the current pool and building eight new tennis courts.
-- Closing and possibly selling five buildings in addition to another former elementary school not in use.
The new and renovated buildings likely would be ready for school in fall 2014.
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