McBain voters to decide $14 million bond on May 8

May 3, 2018

By John Raffel

The McBain Board of Education has voted to approve a bond proposal worth $14 million, which residents will be asked to vote on May 8.

Superintendent Steve Brimmer said the proposal would be for 2.1 additional mills and would raise $14 million.

Brimmer released a presentation, on behalf of the school board concerning the proposal which mentioned a facility study was conducted by Chip Hendrick after the end of the school’s auditorium construction. An administrative team met with Hendrick and went over items it felt needed to be addressed. A committee of community members and staff also met to prioritize the facility study list.

Once it came up with the list, the board decided the list included too much money to come out of the general fund, and a bond proposal was needed.

One of the areas addressed by the district’s presentation was parking. Plans would be to remove the baseball and softball fields, grade down and turn old fields into a parking lot. New baseball and softball fields would be located to the north, back by the practice fields and would be a long-term solution to the parking shortage. There would also be new concession stands and bathrooms.
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Another area addressed is school safety which would include securing entries during the day and mandating people to go into an office before having access to the building. New cameras would be installed throughout the building, and an elementary AM drop off would be altered by adding a new road running east and west, contingent on city approval. There would be an upgrade of emergency lighting, an upgrade of the alarm, system and asbestos removal.

In the area of technology and transportation, the proposal calls for one new school bus per year, continuation of the 1-to-1 system and new switches and servers.

In the area of building and energy upgrades, the proposal calls for improvement to the roof, lockers, furniture, boilers, and select window replacement, change the lighting building repairs and freezers in the kitchen.

Classroom upgrades would been electrical, phone system, interactive projectors, staff computers, classroom furniture and carpeting.

Under athletics, the proposal calls for replacing the track since the current one is in poor condition, new home and visitor bleachers, irrigation, drainage, lighting, scoreboard, sound system, gym floors in the middle school and elementary school, the weight room and remodel locker rooms.

The bond issue calls for adding at least two classrooms, a new elementary shed, complete the upstairs rooms in the high school and addressing an ADA complaint by upgrading the elevator, the maintenance garage, roofing the bus garage, adding asphalt at the bus garage and adding a roadway running east and west, which would mean increasing the playground area.

Another area calls for replacing railroads ties, new asphalt on select existing parking lots, extending the library parking lot, playground equipment and exterior maintenance.

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