Friday, February 16, 2001

School issues before Carlisle voters

Warren County district expects rapid growth

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        CARLISLE — Classrooms would be added to Alden R. Brown Elementary and Carlisle Intermediate School as part of a $6.57 million bond issue the Carlisle Board of Education has put on the May 8 ballot.

        It is one of two school issues Carlisle voters are being asked to approve. The second issue is a 2-mill continuing permanent improvement levy that would replace a five-year levy due to expire in December 2002.

        “What we're seeing is the beginning of what we believe will be substantial growth because of new construction in our district,” said Tim McLinden, Carlisle's assis tant superintendent. “Over the next 10 to 15 years we are expecting up to 800 homes to be built. We're already overcrowded and we want to be proactive to make sure the space is here when we need it.”

        The space shortage will hit the district next fall when the third grade will be split between Brown and the intermediate school. The entire third grade this year is at the intermediate school.

        Under the improvement plan, seven classrooms and two restrooms would be built each at Brown and the intermediate school. An eating area would be added to Brown to free up the multipurpose room for more physical-education classes.

        A gymnasium large enough for two cross-court basketball games also would be built at the intermediate school. Physical education classes would move from the multipurpose room to the gymnasium. Additional parking and separate entrance for buses and cars are also included in the intermediate school plans.

        Those improvements are estimated at $4 million, Mr. McLinden said. The rest of the bond issue proceeds would pay for: roof repairs; athletic field and track improvements; locker refurbishing; auditorium up grades; asphalt and concrete work; construction of an administration building, estimated at $250,000; media center renovations; and the purchase of computers.

        The cost to the owner of a house with a market value of $100,000 would be about $116 annually, said Bonnie Milligan, Carlisle schools' treasurer.

        The permanent improvement levy would generate about $330,625 annually, Mrs. Milligan said. It would be used to repair and maintain the schools and to pay off previous heating work done at the middle and high schools, Mr. McLinden said. If the levy is approved, collections on the last year of the existing permanent improvement levy would be halted. The owner of a $100,000 house would pay about $14 more, according to Bill Schreiner, chief deputy with the Warren County auditor's office.


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