As expected, the Longview School Board Monday approved a $115 million bond measure to build two new elementary schools and renovate Memorial Stadium and field, among other projects.
Early estimates suggest the district will also receive $2 million in state match money, which has not yet been earmarked for any specific projects, said Superintendent Dan Zorn.
Voters will get to decide on the bond in the November General Election. If approved, the bond would pay for the following projects:
• A new, 540-student school to replace Mint Valley Elementary School.
• A new, 540-student school to replace Northlake Elementary School. Some classrooms in the school would be reserved to serve up to 100 special education preschoolers at a time. (The state mandates that school districts provide preschool classes for 3- and 4-year-olds eligible for special education services.)
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• New artificial turf and a redesigned track at Memorial Stadium and Field, as well as renovations to the stadium grandstand, locker rooms and bathrooms.
• High school trades program upgrades, including classroom remodels and new tools and curriculum.
• Safety and security upgrades across the district, with the focus of creating secure front entrances with walled in vestibules.
• Several large facility repair projects at almost all schools in the district.
In its vote, the board noted that the $115 million price tag might need to be adjusted once a soil study at the Mint Valley building site is completed, should that study find more money will be needed for preparation work or building foundations.