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Monforton Schools Ask For Bond To Expand Facility

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This fall, the Monforton School District is asking voters to approve a $2.9 million bond to add three new classrooms, renovate the current lunchroom, add a new community room and fire access drive.

"We have guidelines that we have to follow. We're looking at expanding classrooms as those numbers go up we have a cap on how many we can actually have within a classroom," said Darren Strauch, Monforton Schools Superintendent.

This is the second bond the school has asked for. In 2010, the voters passed a $3.5 million bond, adding six new classrooms, a new roof and windows.

Strauch said in 2010 the school's population was 200 students and by 2015, the school population is expected to double.

"We picked up almost 20% new population in two months last summer," said Strauch. "We grew up to 30% more this year."

Strauch said that if the bond does not pass by 2015, 89 students could be without a desk.

"We're concerned about putting up module classrooms or busing our students to local facilities," said Strauch.

The school has already had to make some changes, this year.

"This year we just split third and fifth grade classrooms. As we continue to see a surge of younger families moving into the district, the numbers of our kindergarten, first and second grades are also expanding," said Strauch.

"If you've been a parent and have come to the school to eat with your kids, it's hard to squeeze your body beside all the little bodies in the lunch room just to have a lunch date with your kids," said Katharine Johnson, Monforton Parent.

She said she wants her kids to be in the best learning environment possible.

"If you have an overcrowded environment, it's harder for kids to get the one on one attention they need," said Johnson. "We like Monforton because it's a smaller school and smaller class sizes."

She said the expansion is all for the kids.

"It's all for the betterment of our kids to provide a quality education for them," said Johnson.

If the bond passes, for each $100,000 of property value, it would cost about $28 per year.

Voting ballots will be sent out on August 28. Election day is Tuesday, September 17.

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