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Caroline voters consider school funds
Caroline voters will be asked Tuesday to approve funding for the renovations of two schools.
Voters are asked to weigh in on a $26.3 million bond referendum that will pay for upgrades to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary School.
CAROLINE HIGH SCHOOL
The $21 million in renovations to the high school, which was built in 1975, would include new classrooms; new electrical service; an updated intercom system; new locker rooms, restrooms and plumbing upgrades; painting throughout; new lighting and sound systems for the auditorium; and a new administrative area, media center, 2,500-seat gym, new classrooms and three vocational labs.
The current gym will be used as an auxiliary gym.
The capacity at the high school would grow from 1,100 to 1,800 students.
There are also renovations planned for the high school’s athletic facilities, including upgrading bleachers, relocating the long jump and high jump areas, resurfacing the asphalt track, renovating the restrooms, upgrading fields and expanding and renovating the field house.
The renovations planned at Madison Elementary School would cost $4 million and are less extensive.
The school was built in the 1950s, but was renovated in 2004.
The planned improvements include constructing a new secure entrance with an expanded lobby, expanding the cafeteria, adding four new classrooms, adding two new computer labs, and constructing a newly paved pick-up/drop-off area for school buses.
The school will still need to have trailers, but some of the overcrowding will be relieved with the new classrooms and over time.
This project will give the school an additional 14,000 square feet of space.
The current bus loop would be turned into expanded parking. The playground would also be relocated away from the road.
Students from both schools spoke at a recent School Board meeting to tell the community about their personal experiences in the schools and why they want to have the renovations done.
The remaining $1.3 million in the bond would be used to pay for the cost of issuing the bonds.
If the referendum is approved, it could take another year to finish the work at Madison Elementary and two years to complete the high school.
The high school would require at least two summers worth of work.
The rest could be done while students are in school, even though it’s a challenge.
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413