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December 5, 2013

CCS officials address project questions

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This is the third time BCK has worked with CCS on projects. All three were in response to state mandated facilities reviews, which are now obligatory every five years. The first review came in 2000. The most recent review came in 2010, and the projects on the list are almost all from the 2010 review. 

In addition, after the CCS Board of Education received BCK’s initial list of potential projects, the buildings and grounds committee reduced the list substantially.

The initial list of projects had a potential cost of more than $10 million, more than 30 percent higher than the final projected cost. The actual cost of the projects can’t be determined until bids are accepted; however the limit on the bond issue is $6.609 million. The projected tax increase is 19.5 cents or $19.50 per year for each $100,000 of property value.

Thesier said that he thought many of the projects would cost less than the projections, pointing to LED lighting as one component that should be cheaper in the future.

The vote will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in room 304-305 at the middle/high school on Linden Avenue. School officials said that if the vote fails they will have to readdress several issues quickly.

“We feel like this is a reasonable investment,” Superintendent C.J. Hebert said. “Some of the projects need attention sooner rather than later, while others are projects that we think are reasonable to do to invest in our students.”

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