Voters in both Chisholm and Fairview school districts will go to the polls Tuesday to decide on bond questions.
Chisholm Public Schools is seeking $17.9 million to build a new elementary school, complete with a tornado safe shelter.
Fairview Public Schools will have two bond questions totaling $480,000. The first is a $335,000 bond question for construction of a safe room storm shelter at the middle school, and the second is a $145,000 question to purchase one full-size and one mini bus.
“It is not a secret that the current facility housing our elementary students presents many maintenance challenges,” said Roydon Tilley, Chisholm superintendent. “One part of the building was originally constructed in the 1920s.”
Tilley said the proposed new elementary school is designed with recent heightened concerns of security and student safety during tornadoes in mind.
“The current facility has become a chronic maintenance problem,” Tilley said. “We routinely spend thousands of dollars to repair the roof, plumbing, heat and air, as well as the aging electrical wiring serving the building.”
Within the past two years, electrical issues have resulted in a building evacuation and the fire department being summoned, Tilley said.
“The new facility would provide a tornado shelter that could be utilized by the students during school hours, and the community would be able to access the shelter during other periods of severe weather,” Tilley said. “Additionally, the new facility would double the size of the current cafeteria. Due to the existing cafeteria’s small size, only one grade level can be served lunch at a time. This means seven grade levels to feed and a starting time of 10:40 a.m. The new facility will provide updated food preparation equipment, as well as much more efficiency in serving students in a timely manner.”
Tilley said that if both measures are approved by voters, the tax increase would be about $6.09 per month on a $100,000 home.