May 2nd Tax Election – Why a New Middle School?

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The 1/2 cent sales tax on the May 2nd ballot is dedicated exclusively for a new Central Middle School.  Why don’t they just renovate the existing Middle School?


The cost to repair Central Middle School, including asbestos removal, would be about $24 million – whereas the cost of the new school, including the purchase of 60 acres of property for future expansions, will cost the same or less.

 The current middle school facilities can house only 600 students – temporary classroom buildings are being used, and the student enrollment exceeds capacity for the campus cafeteria and bathrooms.  The new Central Middle School will be designed to accommodate 1,200 students.