Union R-XI officials will meet with the community a second time Tuesday, Sept. 19, in hopes of garnering more opinions on possible solutions to the district’s overcrowding issues.
Late last month, when the district’s first facilities meeting was held, Superintendent Dr. Steve Weinhold shared enrollment figures and projections, available land for a possible district expansion and how the projects could be funded.
The next meeting to discuss facilities will be Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“We’re hoping to have the same people back and possibly more,” said Union Superintendent Steve Weinhold. “We’re going to compare the information that we gathered brainstorming as administrators and board members about two months ago to what the public brainstormed last time.”
Weinhold said a kindergarten through fifth- or sixth-grade building seemed to be lining up as a possible option, as well as an early childhood center as a standalone. He said those options would be further discussed Tuesday.
He added that there were some “soft” construction estimates on what it might cost to build a new elementary school, in a kindergarten through fifth or sixth setting, at the land the district owns near East Central College.
Assistant Superintendent Mike Mabe said the district is currently sending out requests for qualifications for an architect to help design whatever plan is decided on.
In the coming months the district plans to meet with all of its stakeholders, including board members, to select projects to move forward on and begin creating ballot language for the April bond issue.
In December, administrators then plan to organize ballot language and summarize the project for submission to the board for a final vote. The deadline to get the bond issue on the ballot is Jan. 23, 2018.
For the April 2018 bond to be approved, the district would need a four-sevenths majority, the same case for any other bond election in 2018.