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  • Spearville special election set for later this month

  •      The city of Spearville is holding a special election April 24 regarding a general obligation bond.


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  • The city of Spearville is holding a special election April 24 regarding a general obligation bond.
    Voting will take place at St. John's Perish Center, located at 204 N. Main St., Spearville. Advance voting will begin April 17 in the Ford County clerk's office.
    On the ballot is a bond for USD 381 for no more than $8,285,000 to make much-needed repairs to the schools.
    According to information provided by Spearville superintendent Daryl Stegman, many repairs that need to be made.
    At the high school:
    • The mechanical and plumbing systems are well beyond their useful lives and are expensive to operate and maintain.
    • Outdated electrical systems are inadequate for today's computers and technology.
    • Outdated and inefficient HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems create a difficult teaching and learning environment on the second floor.
    • The building is not in compliance with the laws of the American's with Disabilities Act.
    • There are fire code challenges and the storm shelter area is very limited in space, and not handicapped-accessible.
    At the middle school:
    • Additional classrooms are needed.
    • The cafeteria is full to capacity, requiring students to eat in shifts.
    • The kitchen is lacking in workspace and storage.
    General improvements:
    • Parking is limited and considered inadequate for students, staff and visitors.
    • Band and vocal music classes share a space, which limits the quality of these programs.
    • There are no locker room facilities at the football complex.
    • The district administrative office has outdated flooring, water in the basement and an outdated HVAC system and is not handicap accessible.
    •The wood shop/art building has poor ventilation, poor insulation, limited storage. The building has an outdated mechanical system, lacks proper dust collection equipment and is reached by an uncovered exterior walkway, exposing students and staff to the elements.
    All of these issues and more would be fixed if this bond issue were to pass, according to Stegman. The school board is already in the process of deciding what improvements should be made and how the board is going them.
    For more information about the upcoming election or mail-in ballots, contact the Ford County Clerk's office at (620) 227-4551.
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com.
    Cutline- The floor plan for USD 381 shows the improvements that would be made if this bond passes. Photo courtesy Daryl Stegman.
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