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Yukon board OKs bond vote
Proposal for $92.4 million includes new high school

By Jesse Olivarez Published: December 5, 2007
YUKON — The Yukon School Board this week approved a $92.4 million bond proposal that calls for the construction of a new high school, officials said.

The proposal, which will go before voters in March, also calls for a reorganization of the district's schools. The plan, passed by a 3-0 vote, was announced at a school board meeting Monday night.

The two-part bond proposal calls for $89 million to go toward construction projects and improvements and $3.4 million to buy new buses.

Superintendent Bill Denton called the proposition a "bold move.”

In October, the district purchased 70 acres near Mustang Road and NW 10, which is next to 40 acres the district already owns.

With 110 acres at one location, district officials said they began to rethink how they could address the district's future needs.

What is the plan?
If the bond funds are approved by voters, district officials want to build a new high school that could accommodate 2,500 students. In addition, bond funds would go toward construction of new football, soccer and baseball fields and other athletic facilities.

All of the buildings would be on the 110 acres near Mustang Road and NW 10.

Having a new high school would help the district address its growth issues, officials said. For the past five years, the district has grown between 3 and 4 percent each year, Denton said.

The reorganization plan, which Denton unveiled during the bond proposal presentation, calls for the district's elementary schools to house the pre-kindergarten through third-grade students.

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