Spencer pushes school referendum plan back to 2019
The Spencer Board of Education has slowed the referendum wheels and will now wait until at least early 2019 to possibly ask residents for money for building upgrades/expansion. The delay comes as the Board checks out the possibility of grant money that could help it pay for some construction needs.
On July 23, the Board by consensus decided it would take a 2-pronged building upgrade referendum to voters in the Nov. 6 general election. One question was to ask voters for money to add a choral music addition to the school, upgrade the family and consumer education classroom, address school security needs, and create new space for the athletic weight room so it could be moved from the high school stage. A second, separate question was to ask voters for their approval to build a new gymnasium.
The Board did not take formal action to place the questions on November ballots, and had until Aug. 28 to do so.
Instead, at a July 26 special meeting, the Board heard new information that raised the possibility of obtaining grant funding to help offset some building costs. District Administrator Mike Endreas said the funding could possible come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), if the district were to consider a special gymnasium structure that would be built to withstand tornado-force winds.
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