Three Forks voters to decide on $23M bond

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    The Three Forks School District is asking voters to approve a $23 million bond to make renovations at their school. Superintendent Robert DoBell said his campus is running out of space for students. The bond would cost the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000 an additional $262 dollars a year.

    "Our campus is growing and our town is growing. We need to invest in some infrastructure for our school," DoBell said.

    DoBell said there are several safety and structural flaws the bond would address. To start, there is very little security at the entrances. The bond would help re-orient entrances to lead straight into the main office.

    Campus wide, the superintendent said there are electrical issues. For example, the high school wing uses breaker boxes instead of light switches. It creates a safety hazard.

    DoBell also said the bond would look to replace the heating system. Right now, the school uses an antiquated steam boiler.

    Plans are also to add elementary classrooms, an elementary music room and an elementary gym. The district would also replace their shop and tech classroom with a new two story building. It would house new shop and tech classes along with high school classrooms.

    "With this expansion, we would look at an additional 13 classrooms which would give us room to grow to about 1,000 students," DoBell said.

    Funds from the bond would also allow officials to move the bus lane as well as the pick-up and drop-off areas to the back of the school. To handle growth, the size of the cafeteria and one of the libraries would be increased.

    The issue will appear on the May ballot. If approved, construction will start May 2019. Classrooms would be ready for use by the 2021 school year.

    Click here for more information on the bond and to calculate how much it would cost you.

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