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Caroline voters back school building projects
Caroline voters overwhelmingly approved a bond referendum Tuesday that would pay for $26.3 million in renovations to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary School.
Eighty-one percent of the 7,555 people who voted supported the measure, according to Caroline Voter Registrar Danette Moen.
“We are just elated. That’s a public vote and overwhelmingly supported, everybody wanted it,” said School Board Chairwoman Nancy Carson.
The bonds will pay for $21 million worth of renovations to Caroline High School and $4 million worth of renovations to Madison Elementary. The remaining $1.3 million will be used to pay for the issuance of the bonds.
CAROLINE HIGH SCHOOL
The 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. There are also renovations planned for the high school’s athletic facilities.
The capacity at the high school would grow from 1,100 to 1,800 students.
The renovations planned at Madison Elementary School 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.
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.
Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413