An additional $10 million would be set aside to buy new computers, classroom equipment and other digital devices. School officials said the first project to be built with the bond funds will be the middle school. Officials hope to start construction on that in January and hope to have the building complete by fall 2011. Jim Benson, who has served on the school board since 2001, predicted the new schools and additions will spur a boom of construction in the district. For the past 10 years, the district has grown by 10 to 15 percent each year, officials said. The economic downturn slowed growth last year, but the district still grew by 8 percent. Benson said the new facilities likely will spur more home construction, but he thinks it also will entice more businesses to move to the area. "I think this is a turning point for us,” he said.
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