Voters to Decide on New School in Bison

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Voters will decide at the Nov. 4th general election whether or not to raise up to $7.9 million in bonds to build a new school in Bison.

By JENNIFER GARREAU

Record Editor

Voters will decide at the Nov. 4th general election whether or not to raise up to $7.9 million in bonds to build a new school in Bison.

“The building has an extremely old coal furnace that we can no longer get repaired or get parts for. The heating system is not adequate. There are various leaks in the roof, especially where the elementary school attaches to the gym. Water runs down the walls when we have a heavy rain,” said Superintendent Marilyn Azevedo.

“ The building also doesn’t have adequate drainage and the basement of the building is continuously filled with water. The doors and windows no longer keep the wind, snow and rain out of the building and with the heating system there are rooms in the building that don’t reach above 60 degrees in the winter and are 80 plus degrees in the fall. The shop building has mold issues. Our hallways don’t meet fire codes and the entire building is not ADA compliant,” she said.

“It would cost more to become ADA compliant than it would be to build a new school,” said Azevedo

Should voters decide to go forward with the project much of the existing building that was built in the 1930’s would be demolished and an addition would be built onto the existing cafeteria.

The school will host a public hearing with a tour of the school on Aug. 28th.  Engineers from TSP Engineering in Rapid City will be present to answer questions.