Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Should a $1 Million Bond Surplus Go Toward GHS Stadium?

By Paul Thompson
The Grandview C-4 School District is currently holding community input meetings to discuss whether to spend a $1 million bond surplus on new synthetic turf for the Grandview High School field and stadium improvements.
The $1 million bond surplus emerged after a proposed $2.4 million project to replace the pipes at Grandview Middle School came in under budget. Once the pipes were inspected it was discovered that some of the piping was in better shape than anticipated.
Last month, the school board and administrators held a workshop to discuss how to spend the bond surplus, as well as a $1.4 million increase in tax revenue for the district from the new NNSA/Honeywell plant being constructed off 150 Highway and Botts Road.
The discussion included possible artificial turf and stadium improvements at GHS, the completion of building improvements that have been on the back-burner such as ADA upgrades, and a technology initiative to provide all GHS (and many elementary and middle school) students with access to laptops.
However, administrators have suggested that $1.4 million in tax dollars from the new NNSA/Honeywell plant could help get the technology project off the ground.
“The million dollars from the bond fund will be used only for facilities and renovations,” clarified Superintendent Ralph Teran. “The district’s philosophy, long-term, has been to use general funds, and not bond funds, for technology.”
The funds from the Honeywell project will be coming down the road. For now, the district is focusing on the current bond surplus, and what to do with that money. Thus, the push for stadium renovations and artificial turf began.
The $1 million could be used to provide upgrades to the Grandview High School Stadium which would include a turf surface on the field, new goals and goal posts for soccer and football, new LED score board and a potential upgrade to stadium seating. Administrators say the proposed project would allow increased outdoor classroom space, practice space for multiple athletic teams and the marching band, and provide a potential venue for athletic and band competitions.
Although the community input meetings are designed to gauge the public’s interest in the synthetic turf at GHS, Teran pointed out that all options would be considered.
“We thought that was going to cost $2.4 million dollars. But that work only cost $1.4 million,” said Teran. “That opens up the possibility to do a number of projects.”
While a December 6 meeting at GHS has already been held, citizens will have an opportunity to voice their opinions tonight in the Martin City library at 6 p.m., and again on December 13 in the GMS library at 6:30 p.m.


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