Norton: school bond will do more than just build new high schools

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Source: CVDaily Feed
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Overcrowding and comtinual growth in secondary schools and major seismic concerns in identified elementary schools are the major issues behind the Cache County School District’s $129 million bond proposal. Officials are hoping patrons will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 5 and support the plan which has been recommended by a Citizens School Buildings task force made up of community representatives and parents.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Cache County School Superintendent Steve Norton said the bond, if passed, will fund 9-12th grade high schools in Millville and North Logan, along with a new Lewiston elementary school and numerous other improvement projects.

“When you factor in and look at $129 million we know it is a large number,” Norton said. “But it also looks to us to be a very economical way to plan for the secondary growth that’s happening in our district and taking care of, for the first time, about $44 million worth of seismic needs that are taking place in our elementary schools.”

Norton said the district feels this is a good time because of low interest rates and favorable construction costs. He said property taxes on a $197,000 home would go up by approximately $125 per year or $10 a month.