MICHIGANTOWN, Ind. (WLFI) - A referendum to renovate two Delphi schools was voted downTuesday. That is the same day Clinton Central School officials gotthe approval to move forward with renovation plans.
In February, voters overwhelmingly voted against a $22.5 millionrenovation project at Clinton Central Junior-Senior High School andelementary school. But school officials still had options. Theycould either wait another year and present the plan again; or theycould retool the plans and hold another hearing.
Superintendent Philip Boley said they decided to rework theproject. The school board held a public hearing on May 15th toreview the plan. The public had 30 days to file a petition.
"Monday was the end of the 30-day period and there were nopetitions filed so we can go ahead with our substantially revisedproject," Boley said.
The project was reduced by about $10 million. It now has a $12.7million pricetag.
"The biggest cut came from the fact that we eliminated theauditorium," he said.
Boley said the plan does include necessary improvements toheating and cooling system and upgrades to windows in all thebuildings. Additionally, new lockers and cafeteria at theelementary school will be added.
As for changes to the tax rate, Boley said it will be less underthis plan.
"The tax rate would have been increased by about 65 cents withthe old plan. It is less than half of that now," he said.
Boley said construction will begin in Summer 2010.
On Tuesday, Delphi voters voted against a similar referendum tofinance renovations at the Delphi Junior and Senior High School.Superintendent Ralph Walker said it is up to the school board tofigure out how to proceed from here. He does not foresee anythinghappening before the re-organizational meeting schedule in July.
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