Easton school board members have decided to move forward with a $4 million bond issue.
They’ve scheduled a bond election for April 3. The date was set when board members met earlier this week and unanimously decided to put the bond issue before voters, according to board vice president Dave Jones.
Jones also served on a committee that worked on the bond proposal.
The bond issue would pay for an expansion of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, 20753 Easton Road. Jones said the proposal calls for the addition of 12 classrooms.
The election will utilize mail-in ballots rather than polling locations.
“That way we can make sure we reach every registered voter in the district,” Jones said.
With the expansion of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, the district would be able to close Salt Creek Valley Elementary School, 32325 167th St.
Jones said this means all of the remaining district buildings would be in one location.
Pleasant Ridge Elementary School is near the district’s high school and middle school as well as the school board office.
Jones said the district would be able to save on maintenance costs associated with the Salt Creek Valley building, which opened in 1958.
He said Salt Creek Valley, which serves grades four and five, is the district’s smallest school yet it has the second largest utility bill. The high school has the largest utility bill.
Jones said the bond issue is timed to take advantage of the retirement of bonds that were used for Pleasant Ridge Middle School. And this could limit the impact a new bond issue would have on the current tax levy in the district.
He said the tax increase resulting from the proposed bond issue could be 1 mill above the current level or less.