• School board is expected to make decision on Sept. 3 • Measure would be in amount not to exceed $18 million

The Corbett School District is expected to vote at a special board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, whether to go out for a bond measure for the Nov. 5 election.

School board members are asking: "Should the district issue a bond not to exceed $18 million to renovate, improve safety and save operating costs?"

Since January 2013, a group of Corbett citizens, professional architects, engineers and construction experts has studied facility needs in the district.

The district has gathered voter feedback from community meetings and surveys about different options.

In 1994, voters passed a $6.5 million bond to construct a new elementary school. Besides the elementary school, district buildings are between 35 and 90 years old.

In particular, the district is raising concerns about the middle school, constructed in 1923, which doesn't meet safety and seismic building codes.

With the expiration of the 1994 bond and lower interest rates, the district is deciding whether to put forward a bond to voters.

A $15 million bond (they have proposed a bond between $14.9 million and $15 million, not to exceed $18 million) would cost an estimated $2.29 per $1,000 of assessed value, which if approved, would increase the property tax rate for Corbett School District residents 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

If the bond passes, the district expects to renovate buildings to reduce maintenance costs, replace old plumbing, electrical and heating/ventilation systems; meet building codes for seismic, fire and life safety; improve campus safety and traffic flows; and comply with federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and educational equity laws.

The district has suggested the construction of a new track if proceeds from the bond remain after these projects are completed. Private funds would contribute to this project.

The Tuesday, Sept. 3, meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school multipurpose room, with public comment taken before the vote.

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