New High School for N. Boone?

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

North Boone High School students could get a new school as early as fall of 2004. But there's a big 'if' attached to that.

Residents there have to first agree to pass education referendums on the November ballot.

North Boone School Superintendent Bill Ton says if the referendums don't pass, the school district will be forced to cut programs.

If the North Boone Education Referendums fail, some of the first programs to go would be sports and recreational activities - like cheerleading.

There are two referendums on the November ballot. The first one is for a new high school. Property taxes would increase. If you own a home worth $100,000 for example, you would pay $153 more a year. The second referendum would not raise any more taxes. It would simply relocate money to increase the education tax fund.

Ton says the cost to build a new high school will be $13.1 million. They've also added two million dollars onto that to make some needed improvements at existing school buildings. So the total is $15.1 million.

Michael Lindberg says the tax hike is a small price to pay for all the good it will do.

There will be a public meeting to discuss the two referendums at 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Boone High School.

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