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District 60 picks plan for potential ballot question

Posted: 10:58 PM, Jul 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-16 08:30:36-04
District 60 picks plan for potential ballot question

PUEBLO — The future of School District 60's facilities could potentially go to a vote this fall, with the intent of keeping the four high schools intact and upgrading several other schools in the district. At Monday's School Board meeting, a plan was picked for a possible bond measure and now they will start developing the ballot language.

The School Board heard three options for the bond measure, and went with one that will generate around $237 million dollars. Those with the School Board tell News 5 the public will be responsible for $218 million of that number. It totals to $6.62 a month for every $100,000 of assessed valuation on a home, according to the president of the School Board.

If the measure were to pass, it would provide upgrades to both South and Central High Schools, and build completely new buildings for Centennial and East High Schools. Plus, renovations would be provided for nine other middle and elementary schools. "It won't solve all of our problems, because we have lots of challenges in terms of our facilities, but it's a terrific beginning and will provide, wow, think of it, two new high schools," said the President of the School Board, Barb Clementi.

If the bond measure language were to get approved, it would make it onto the November ballot. The School Board said if it did pass, revenue would begin rolling in around June of 2020 and the new high schools would take around three to four years to build.