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Harrah to vote on sweeping bond issue

The $36.7 million bond issue would provide funding for everything from buses to a new football stadium.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: February 6, 2013
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The committee also recommended closing the current middle school site and moving all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to what is now the junior high, while also moving ninth-graders to the high school campus.

In contrast to some metro-area districts, Harrah's enrollment is not expected to grow over the next eight to 10 years. The district currently serves about 2,300 students in all grades.

“We've lost some enrollment in the last couple of years, but we know that within about 97 to 98 percent accuracy we won't grow within the next 10 years. We're not seeing the movement out this way. But we do have needs and I think our patrons recognize the need for upgrades to facilities and other areas.”

Committee member Shelli Wilson said the proposed improvements are necessary to keep Harrah competitive with other districts, both in terms of technology and facilities.

“Our kids deserve updated technology and secure entrances at each school site,” Wilson said. “The additions at three school sites will give our kids the space needs for new science labs and classroom space. It's also time for a new football stadium and renovations to our auditorium. All of the projects will make the district stronger.”