Update: Phenix City school board to vote on $10 million bond issue

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 8, 2014 

The Phenix City Board of Education has called a meeting for Thursday to vote on a bond issue for approximately $10 million.

According to the administration's recommendation, the board will be asked during its 6:30 p.m. meeting to approve the bond issue to fund the following projects in a five-year capital plan:

• $1,924,200 for cafeteria, kitchen and office renovations and the addition of an unspecified number of classrooms at Westview Elementary School.

• $1,500,000 for roof renovations at Central High School.

• $1,500,000 for a bus barn.

• $525,000 for an access road at Central High School.

The bond issue also would be used to fund two projects the board previously approved:

• $1,802,500 for a four-classroom addition and multipurpose room at Sherwood Elementary School.

• $1,212,853 for a 12-classroom addition at Lakewood Primary School. The project, already in progress, is expected to cost $1,506,070. The other $293,217 will come from the bond refinanced last year.

The rest of the money from the bond issue would pay:

• $1,500,000 for 14-15 new buses. The school system recently received seven buses and plans to order five more immediately and another five this summer. State transportation funds would be used to cover the remaining cost of the 17 new buses in total.

Joe Blevins, operations director for Phenix City Public Schools, explained in a email to the Ledger-Enquirer why the board is being asked to vote on the bond issue in a called meeting.

"This would have been put forth in our regular board meeting Jan. 23rd, however, the board will be conducting an expulsion hearing at 5:30 PM Thursday so we saw an opportunity to go ahead and have a quick meeting for a few items. The main items on the agenda are to recognize Coach Bobby Wright for his 500th win, the bond issue and our five-year strategic plan."

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