Myron L. Powell School bond referendum set for Sept. 29 in Lawrence Township

Saturday, August 15, 2009
By JEAN JONES

LAWRENCE TWP. - The school board will hold a bond referendum on Sept. 29, from noon until 9 p.m., to approve $2,216,786 for an addition to the Myron L. Powell School.

The school has been suffering from overcrowding for several years and trailers have been placed at the school to accommodate the overflow.

Acting Superintendent Tom Smith said the total cost of the addition will be $6,549,146. The district already has $300,000 in a capital reserve account toward construction and the state will provide the additional $4,032,360.

If we don't pass that referendum, that money goes back into the general fund and somebody else gets it," Smith said.

The addition will contain three new preschool classrooms, plus space for special education on the second floor, and it will make the school ADA compliant with the addition of an elevator for those who are disabled.

"(The addition) will provide space only. We already have the staff," Smith said.

The overall price includes furnishings. He said teachers now are doing double duty in different classrooms and the addition will allow smaller class sizes.

The board approved a professional services contract with Garrison Architects in connection with the bond proposal project.

 

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