Bond sought for Pomeroy school work

Voters will see a $4.49 million measure that would pair with state funds to renovate the junior and senior high school building.

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POMEROY -- If voters approve a request for a $4.49 million bond measure, Pomeroy students will have a renovated junior and senior high school building.

Passage of the measure will mean the district qualifies for approximately $4.9 million in state matching funds. Total cost of the project is $9.4 million, so over half would come from the state, if voters approve the request, Superintendent Kim Spacek said.

"We think that is good stewardship of district assets," he said.

Timing is good for maximizing state matching funds, Spacek said.

While Garfield County anticipates increase in assessed valuation with the expected construction of the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project, presently valuations are at lower levels. As valuations go up, the state will contribute less to the project.

Passing the bond in February would secure the matching funds at the higher rate.

Revenue from the bond measure would replace leaky roofs, repair a portion of the building that is settling, improve indoor air quality with new duct work and remove asbestos.

Other benefits include remodeling of the science lab, updating locker rooms and career and technical education classrooms and realigning administration offices to improve student services.

The building would not be gutted, Spacek said. Some cabinetry and duct work would be retained.

Last week the board selected two options to take to voters. The first option would have repaired roofs and the settling building corner and upgraded locker rooms for $1.9 million and no matching funds.

The second option is the $9.4 million project.

A survey of 250 participants indicated a preference for the larger project, so the board unanimously decided Monday to go with that full renovation.

The bond will be on the Feb. 9 special election ballot.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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