After Middle School Bond Issue Loss, Now What?
District has tough choices to make in the next few months
Avon's Board of Education meets Tuesday evening for the first time since Issue 11, the 32-year, $32 million bond issue to build a new middle school, failed in the March 6 primary election by 141 votes.
The middle school is not on the agenda for the meeting, but it will be coming up sometime in the next few months as the board has to decide what will go on the November ballot. During that time, the board will also be hiring a new superintendent to replace the departing Jim Reitenbach.
The bond issue has failed twice at the polls, once in November and again two weeks ago. Both were very close votes. While board members have said they believe it is the most fiscally sound option for the long term, will voters agree?
Another option could be a different bond issue to build a new middle school, perhaps spending less money and getting a smaller school now that can be added onto in the future.
A third choice is a bond issue for adding onto the existing Avon Middle School, but any renovations would also have to deal with inadequate electrical and plumbing systems and a too-small cafeteria.
So, after two weeks to consider things, what direction do you think the district should go in? Vote in our poll and share what you think in the comments.