Hickman Mills School District to hold virtual forum on no-tax increase bond
The Hickman Mills C-1 School District Board of Education will hold a virtual forum tonight at 6 pm regarding a no-tax increase bond on the August 4, 2020 ballot. The forum is open to parents, students, staff, and community in the district who can participate through Zoom.
In a district-wide building assessment, architect Hollis + Miller outlined infrastructure needs at nearly all of the district’s aging buildings. It tallies an estimated total of $108 million needed to address them all. A snapshot of each building is available on the district’s website. The bond would allow the school district to address some of the issues outlined in the report. No dollar amount has yet to be been determined for a 2020 bond.
The forum allows the Board of Education and district leaders to hear from the community to help create a list of potential projects for the bond. Not everything on the wish list can be covered under a bond; however, it will allow district leaders and the community to prioritize needs.
A $19 million no tax increase bond was passed by Hickman Mills voters in April of 2016. The bond allowed the district to address millions of dollars in deferred maintenance:
- HVAC replacement at Smith-Hale Middle School and Millennium at Santa Fe Elementary
- At Ruskin High school, the addition of four classrooms, site and roof improvements, restroom renovations, interior painting, weight room and locker room renovations
- At Smith-Hale Middle School, an additional media center and secured entry
- Compass Elementary relocated to the Baptiste building
The community is invited to send bond ideas, questions, or concerns at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.