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Citizen input sought on future of middle schools

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Regardless whether the county’s two middle schools are renovated or the two are merged into a newly constructed building, it will require “some level of tax increase” to fund them, according to county officials.

As a result, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will hold a public meeting Monday, Jan. 13, to discuss the future of the middle schools and hear input from the public. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building on Third Street in northwest Pulaski.

Pulaski County Administrator Pete Huber said the school board is obtaining proposals to determine the estimated cost of renovating or building. Since the cost will be contingent upon which option is pursued, he said, no estimate has been made as to how much of a tax increase would be needed.

A public notice advertising the Jan. 13 meeting states that “it will cost a significant amount of money” for either option. “The Board of Supervisors would like to hear general comments from the public about the debt obligations needed to pay for improvements and the corresponding tax requirements to meet this debt,” the notice adds.

Detailed information about a study the school board commissioned comparing renovation of Pulaski and Dublin middle schools to construction of a merged school can be viewed at the county website, www.pulaskicounty.org.

56 Responses to Citizen input sought on future of middle schools

  1. Pulaski County resident

    January 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    If we fix them are they going to last and be quarenteed? what other ideas do we have to give our children an enviroment that will protect them and ensure their learning is being taught and comprehended comfortably? Or maybe we should all seek homeschooling teachers at least we wouldn’t have to worry about our taxes going up!!!!

  2. Whole E Cow

    January 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

    This whole issue seems to come from lack of forward looking members of PCBS and PCSB in the past 50 to 70 years. Not much has changed. The PCBS are more into putting money in snake holes than addressing true severe problems in Pulaski Co. Now we the tax payers are going to get the shaft because they have screamed DON’T RAISE MY TAXES for so long, and let the PCBS and PCSB fill snake holes with millions of dollars. They should tell the voters the truth about where there tax dollars went! Just try to make since of the spending report the handed out last year, it reads like VCR instructions! If the PCBS & PCSB told the people the truth not a one would be in the office they hold now. Truth, what a novel idea.