Mid-Prairie sets $10.6 million bond referendum
WELLMAN — Mid-Prairie board members, in a 6-0 vote Monday, officially approved a $10,640,000 bond referendum to finance major districtwide improvements, including building a new central administrative office and Alternative Learning Center. The measure goes to the voters April 1 and if approved, will see work start this year.
Plans include additions to the high school and middle school (including new classrooms for the district’s Home School Assistance Program that currently has 270 students) and its three elementary schools. If the measure fails, it is likely that a second attempt will follow in the fall, officials noted. The April 1 measure has no provision for either a second gym at the middle school or a high school auditorium, both of which were discussed in planning meetings last year.
In a related item, the board discussed seeking a Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) grant. An application, made last fall which sought $2.5 million specifically to aid with funds for a $7 million high school auditorium, did not receive funding. Board members George Schaefer and Jeremy Statler met with Jim Logan, WCRF executive secretary, last week to get guidance about a grant submission, the board was told.
In other business, the board:
• hired Erik Grander as seventh grade boys’ track coach at a salary of $1,948.10;
• were asked during public forum by FFA members Laura Yoder and Sydney Bowlin to consider allowing FFA members who meet requirements to wear cords during graduation.
• held the first reading of the graduation requirements policy; and
• set a public hearing for 8 p.m. March 10 at the high school library concerning purchase of two new school buses at an estimated cost of $78,000 each.