Urbana school board OKs $3 million in building bonds

Urbana school board OKs $3 million in building bonds

URBANA — The Urbana school board Tuesday unanimously approved issuing $3 million worth of bonds to pay for upcoming building improvements.

The school district typically issues the bonds about every three years, said school board President John Dimit, and this time, will be paying about 0.5 percent in interest.

The school district got such a good rate on this round of bonds that residents can expect "a slight decrease in this portion of our tax rate," Dimit said at Tuesday's meeting.

Some of the things the money will be used for include new roofs for various elementary schools, security updates, repainting and refinishing the floor at the high school gym and resurfacing the front drive at Prairie Elementary School.

Ota Dossett, the school district's director of facilities, presented the school board with a list of the improvements to be done during the next three years.

The school board will approve those at a later date.

The board also unanimously approved hiring Dionne Webster as the next principal at its King Elementary, beginning July 1.

Webster is currently assistant principal at Urbana Middle School.

Webster will replace Jennifer Ivory-Tatum in that position. Ivory-Tatum will become the school district's deputy superintendent.

Don Owen, who is currently Urbana's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, will become the school district's superintendent July 1.

"We look forward to the great things you're going to be able to accomplish," Dimit told Webster at Tuesday's meeting.

The school board also approved an agreement with the city of Urbana, which will install bike racks at Wiley, Thomas Paine, Prairie and Yankee Ridge elementary schools, as well as Urbana Middle School. The racks are being paid for with a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation Safe Route to School.

The school district will maintain the bike racks for the next 20 years.

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