Beatrice School Officials Continue Facilities Discussion

Beatrice School Officials Continue Facilities Discussion
Pat Phelan, of the DLR Group

BEATRICE –  The twenty persons attending the second of a series of facility planning meetings have begun to consider what are the highest building priorities within the Beatrice Public School District.

The small group met at the Beatrice Middle School Library, Wednesday night. DLR Group Architect Pat Phelan says a next step will to present the ranked priorities at next week’s third session.

:40                  “urgent as others”

Under consideration are several potential priorities, including fixing up the elementary buildings, doing work at the Beatrice Middle School, building a new maintenance facility, or renovating Athletic Park, among others.   There’s also the issue of security upgrades at facilities.

:35                  “greatly increased”

It seems clear that a bond issue will be required to undertake renovations, of any significance.  The Beatrice School District has a building fund balance of about $2.5 million, and a depreciation fund of around $1.75 million.  The maintenance budget totals about $58,000, with the general fund. The cost of two past-defeated bond issues for a single-site elementary building, far exceeded those amounts.

This past year, the district completed paying the bond issue used to build Beatrice High School, removing about seven cents of property tax levy.  District 15’s current total tax levy is one-dollar-eight-point-seven cents.

Next Wednesday at seven p.m., a third planning session to gain public input will be held at Stoddard Elementary School.

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