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November 15, 2018 Highland board delays vote on bond petition
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Last night the Highland school board put the brakes on a potential bond issue petition, citing the need for more information before moving forward.

By a 5-0 vote, the board voted to table a vote on approving the preparation of a petition that would allow Highland to see a bond issue of around $2.6 million dollars.

While the figures aren’t final yet, Tim Ruth, a member of the building committee, said the committee’s final recommendation based on a study from Design Engineers was upgrading the heating and cooling system of the middle and high schools ($2.2 million), ADA accessible upgrades for the Riverside Elementary playground ($200,000) and an update on the high school stage ($200,000).

Ruth said that while the price of the heating and cooling system upgrade seems steep, it would improve efficiency and stop a piecemeal approach to heating and cooling the building.

“It is mainly cooling, but there are some heating updates involved to tie the boilers together,” Ruth said. “Basically what it would do is go from one end of the building to the other and would be a phased project that would take more than one year to do.”

Design Engineers, the firm recommended for the project by the committee, oversaw the downtown Riverside construction earlier this year.

The potential action last night was to allow the preparation of a petition to get the bond issue on the ballot next year, with Superintendent Ken Crawford saying an August election date would be the aim.

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