(Neb)-Big Crowd Expected At Crawford School Board Meeting
CRAWFORD - A big crowd is expected for tonight's Crawford school board meeting, which begins at 6:00 in the Distance Learning Building.
The board is scheduled to act on a remodeling proposal involving 3 areas of the elementary school, moving the district offices from the stage of the multipurpose room to the library and turning part of the area into a meeting room, shifting the library to the Title 1 classroom, and putting Title 1 to the stage.
About 50 Crawford school district patrons opposed to the idea met Friday night to plan strategy and hope to have other opponents join them at the school board meeting to support their presentation, which is limited to a maximum of 20 minutes.
The school district renovated the library last year and the opponents say turning into offices would waste that money and unnecessarily increase property taxes. They also say the proposed new library would be too small to accommodate all the current uses of the library, and that the board has been secretive about the proposal.
Superintendent Kirk Hughes says the project has discussed at both regular and special school board meetings. He defends it as a better use of space and that none of the earlier improvements to the library would be lost.
Hughes also says the new meeting room in the current library space would not only be where the school board meets, it would be an active academic space - the new home of the computer lab and the state testing site, both currently in the library.
The project involves about a half-cent of property tax, 4.8-cents over the 7-year payback period, which would cost a district patron with a $250,000 valuation on an estimated $10.13 per year.
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