Voters asked to OK $26 million school bond

By SAM BROWN/Montana State News

The Bozeman School District will propose a vote in the next election to construct a new elementary school that will require a $26 million bond.

Between October 2004 and October 2011 enrollment in the elementary district increased by over 700 students and by Oct. 2014 it is expected to increase over 3,150, exceeding the current student population of 2,751 students, just nine students shy of maximum capacity.

The new 500 student school will be constructed on the north side of Durston Street between Cottonwood and Flanders Mill. Floor plans from the Morning Star, Hyalite Elementary and Emily Dickenson will be replicated for the new school based on their success.  School officials have learned a lot from those three schools and expect to make improvements throughout the school. The 24 classroom building will have a gymnasium separate from a cafeteria, improved traffic flow, and surrounded by 4 roads for easy access.

Construction plans and design are expected to be complete by August 2012 and the school is expected to be complete by the summer of 2013 and ready for students that fall. The estimated construction costs are $20.275 million.

Tax increase would be approximately $2.37 for a home with an assessed market value of $100,000.

Ballots will be mailed on April 23 and Election Day is on May 8.

Edited by Jodi Wilson.

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