COLUMBIA CITY â€” Big changes require major considerations.
Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation (WCCS) Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor said plans for a new high school have been forming for a time and for major reasons.
â€śI donâ€™t think itâ€™s a surprise to anyone that we are looking at a new high school,â€ť she said. â€śWhen it actually happens is a huge question mark.â€ť
Four time lines were presented to the WCCS Board of School Trustees Monday. Those time lines had different dates for possible construction completion, with the years ranging from 2020-2022.
With a bond referendum needed to fund the building of a new high school, Oâ€™Connor said feedback from the community will be vital.
â€śAll of the different options provide different financial breaking points in terms of taxing impact,â€ť she said. â€śIt will be really important to get an idea regarding the communityâ€™s opinions on this.â€ť
There is the issue of old debt as well. Oâ€™Connor said the debt from the elementary and middle school buildings will continue until 2021.
There are questions as to how much expense for a new high school will be taken on while debt is still on the books for other buildings.
â€śI think these are questions we have to ask,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said. â€śWhat would the community be willing to support?â€ť
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