Crestview leans further toward building school

NEW WATERFORD — Crestview residents should soon know what the tax bill will be if the school district chooses to go forward with the construction of a new pre-kindergarten through 12th grade facility.

On Wednesday, the board voted to ask the county auditor’s office how many mills the voters will need to approve to raise the needed $5.2 million for the new construction, as well as a .5-mill permanent improvement levy mandated by the state to cover the operating costs and upkeep of the new facility.

The school board voted unanimously to support this step, which is the first toward the district placing the bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The board has been leaning toward the new construction as the most fiscally responsible option. The state will pay about 88 percent of the project or $38 million if the school goes with new construction, leaving the residents of the district to cover $5.2 million. Currently the district needs at least $9 million just for heating and roofing repairs if the board chooses not to build and only repair, meaning no state assistance.

Treasurer Charlene Mercure told the board she will go this morning to the county to request the needed information regarding millage for the levy. The board must approve a measure to place the millage on the ballot by July 31. The board called a special meeting for 5:45 p.m. July 25 in the high school cafeteria in order to consider the ballot initiative.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 13.

In other matters:

— The regular price of student school lunches will be increased by 10 cents this year to keep the prices in compliance with the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010. Reduced priced lunches as well as breakfast costs will not change.

— High school students lacking the 18 points required to graduate are being offered a chance to take the AIR assessment test in the coming days. While Superintendent Matthew Manley noted students still have other chances to take it, the school is encouraging students to be proactive to get all parts of the test out of the way.

— The board approved a summer enrichment and intervention to be held at the high school next week. The board also approved Phylicia Joy and Derek Ciapala as high school intervention summer school teachers.