Newcastle voters to decide schools’ $50 million bond

BY JENNIFER GRISWOLD Published: October 13, 2009
NEWCASTLE — An early childhood education center and district auditorium are part of a $50 million bond issue voters in Newcastle School District will decide Dec. 8.

The school board called the special election last week. The 13-year, series bond issue includes $49.495 million for improvement projects and $1 million for transportation needs.

"We’re growing more and more each year,” said Newcastle Superintendent Robert Everett. The district’s elementary student population has doubled in the past decade with more than 850 elementary students this school year, he said.

Allocating the funds
The early childhood education center would cost an estimated $16 million. The new building would house prekindergarten through first grade students.

The center would be built near the district’s middle school, helping to alleviate overcrowding and traffic issues on the elementary campus, said Everett.

A district auditorium and field house and wellness center are also in the bond proposal. The projects are estimated around $5 million each.