Monticello considers future of school buildings

Monticello considers future of school buildings

MONTICELLO — In upcoming months, the school board will likely choose between three options when it comes to district facilities:

— Maintain its five buildings for the foreseeable future.

— Enter into an extensive renovation plan.

— Or build a new elementary or high school.

Those were the three general choices outlined by Superintendent Vic Zimmerman this week.

"Over the next few months, we need to have some conversations on which one of those options we want to take," said Zimmerman, pointing out that any referendum for the March 18 ballot must be approved by the school board by Dec. 30.

The superintendent said the first two choices are viable options, but that it would still leave the district with four buildings with original construction dates between 1894 and 1924. He also listed 11 talking points to consider when making a decision, including curb appeal of district buildings, a desire to offer a more modern learning atmosphere, operational savings, the fact interest rates are still low, and the fact that Monticello is competing with school districts in Champaign and Macon County that are upgrading buildings with a special school facilities tax — something Piatt County does not have.

No decisions were made, but the issue will be on the agenda again at the Sept. 18 board meeting.

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