Voters in the Harrison Community Schools district will be asked to consider approving a two-phase bond issue that would be used to renovate, rebuild and implement numerous improvements on the buildings, facilities and grounds of the HCS campus. Passage of the bond would allow for sorely-needed funds to be used to improve the district in three crucial areas - Safety, Security and Opportunity. If the bond is defeated, our students will be put at greater risk of falling behind their peers in comparable neighboring districts, where numerous similar bond issues have passed in recent history.
The two-phase, 25-year bond will generate $26.7 million over the life of the bond. How much will that cost you? If you’re an average homeowner in our school district, your house has a taxable value of approximately $40,000. Passage of this bond would cost your household between four and six dollars a month.
In the 22 years since Harrison voters last approved a bond, comparable schools have passed many upgrades to their buildings and facilities:
Student safety comes in many forms. It’s vitally important that our kids are able to focus on their math test and not wonder if the leaky roof is going to drip all over their work. They don’t need it to always be 73 and sunny in the classroom, but they need sufficient (and efficient) heating in the winter and proper lighting year-round. And they need to know that the walk from the bus to the school won’t involve dodging motorists weaving through the parking lot maze.
Compared to just a generation ago, the business of keeping students safe has changed dramatically. One of the most important things we can do for our kids is work hard and hope for the best, but act pro-actively and prepare for the worst. Safe, secure entrances for our school buildings, where all visitors will be approved by office staff before entry, is a vital preventative measure, and something that’s long overdue.
It starts with the walls. For the first time in more than four decades, Harrison students will work in modern-yet-traditional classrooms, doing away with the Open Concept for good. Beyond that, our school should offer students the chance to perform in safe, up-to-date environments, whether it’s the classroom, the playing field or the stage, and the issues we face on that front can no longer be ignored.
•High School - Walls constructed in the Open Concept areas
•High School - Renovation of 250-seat auditorium
•Middle School - Classrooms with walls between classrooms extended to roof deck
•Athletic Field - Track repair and surface replacement
•Athletic Field - Team Room and Toilets replaced
•Larson Elementary - Walls constructed in the Open Concept areas
•Larson Elementary - Construction of addition to house grades three through five, creating a K–5 building
•Hillside Elementary - Electrical updates to add more classroom outlets
•Hillside Elementary - Gym floor repaired and replaced