New superintendent wants to construct a second high school in Scott County
08/07/2016 11:19 AM
GEORGETOWN – Scott County Schools superintendent Kevin Hub believes that the time is right to construct a new 750-student high school in the growing district.
Hub, who began his tenure on July 1, is recommending that the Scott County Board of Education vote to levy a nickel facility tax at a hearing on August 18 which would provide more than $40 million worth of debt service payments for the construction of a second high school.
The resulting tax increase would be approximately $75 for a home valued at $150,000.
That money would be complimented with an additional $20 million from state equalization.
The new school, which would be called Great Crossing High School, would cost $48 million for the building, with the other $12 million used for athletic facilities.
The district currently has a bonding potential of $50 million. Of the $50 million in bonds available, $8 million will be used for renovations at Scott County High School and other schools conserving the remainder for future building and renovation needs.
There has been discussion for years about building a second high school, because the county continues to grow, Hub says the time to act is now.
“We’ve got 2,400 students in grades 9 through 12, and that cohort is the smallest in the district,” Hub said. “Our younger students are in larger cohorts, plus we have more and more families moving into Scott County every single year. So, all of the data tells me that Scott County High School needs to be split into two.”
Hub’s timeline would be to break ground in October 2016, with the new high school opening in 2018.
There is a possibility that the recommendation could be petitioned by citizens which would mean a special election, probably in October, would have to take place where voters in the district would decide to vote on the levy.
It’s expected that a petition would delay the timeline at least a year.
There are two public forums remaining to talk about the new Scott County High School proposal.
The next forum is August 8 from 7-8 pm in the auditorium of Scott County High School, and from 7-8 pm on August 16 at Grace Christian Church.
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