Citizens Concerned About New Scott County High School

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 8/30/2013 12:00 am

Scott County School leaders said the High School is overcrowded and they are moving forward with plans to build a new school.

School Board Chairman Roger Ward said the current school’s capacity is 2,216 students. He said they are currently 200 students higher than that number.

Ward led a community forum Thursday night to answer questions in the community.

Some students said they don’t want their class to be divided. Adding that splitting into two high school means they are breaking apart their extracurricular groups.

“By adding a high school we increase the opportunity for a lot of students to play sports, sing in the chorus, play in the band,” Ward said. “So we look at it as multiplying opportunities instead of dividing good programs that are already here.”

Others said they are concerned with the possible nine cents tax increase to fund the $57.7 million dollar project.

Board Members handed out feedback sheets. They asked the community to pick their favorite of four options.

(1)   Wait until bonding capacity increases to an extent that will allow a new high school to be constructed without phases.

(2)   Increase taxes by $.05 per $100 in assessed value.

(3)   Increase taxes by $.09 per $100 in assessed value.

(4)   Build a new high school in phases as bonding permits.

The next Scott County open forum will be September 19th at 6:30pm. It will be held in the high school’s auditorium.

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