By Jeff Shultz
The Pauls Valley Board of Education is once again asking voters to approve a $23,615,000 bond issue to primarily build a new elementary school.
If approved by the voters in an April 3 election, the funds will go toward:
•Purchase of land and construction of a New Elementary School with saferoom
•Construction of a new band facility
•Construction of a new Vocational Agriculture (FFA) classroom and bathrooms
•Gym improvements to include a new heat and air system, drop ceiling and lighting and seating renovation
The is the third time for the school district to approach a bond election after two similar bond issues failed last year.
This bond election proposes a new location for an elementary school.
“That is the biggest change from last time,” said Superintendent of Schools Mike Martin.
“We received back over 200 surveys and the number one concern for the bond not passing was the location.”
Martin said PV school patrons gave the school board six possible locations for the new elementary school.
“After carefully vetting all of them, the board decided on the location west of Ace Hardware.”
The 40-acre plot of land has a purchase price of $400,000 and, according to Martin, the school district is currently having a company do a traffic study to turn in to the Department of Transportation.
According to Martin, property taxes would go up by 16 percent if the bond issue is approved, meaning if a person paid $100 in property taxes last year they would pay $116.