Papillion-La Vista school board members deadlocked Monday night on whether to include a new junior high school in a proposed fall bond issue.
The board, however, voiced unanimous support for six major projects totaling $35.7 million, including construction of a new elementary school.
Without the $26 million junior high and a few more projects eliminated during a two-hour meeting Monday night, the bond issue would come in for a lot less than the original $65.4 million proposed.
Board member Patricia Conway Boyd expressed concern about whether the economy would improve enough to fill a new junior high with students and to generate tax money needed to operate it.
“I'm not convinced this has to be done now,” Conway Boyd said.
But board President Barry DeJong said the junior high still could end up in the spending package.
Administrators will collect more detailed information on staffing, operating costs and enrollment projections to submit to the school board, he said.
“The projects with no consensus are not out and are not in,” he said.
The board did reach consensus on including the following projects in the bond issue:
» $12.7 million to renovate and add four classrooms at both La Vista and Papillion Junior High Schools.
» $10 million for a new elementary school to relieve overcrowding.
» $6.88 million to renovate Golden Hills, Tara Heights, Trumble Park and Parkview Elementary Schools.
» $3 million to install additional fiber-optic computer cable.
» $2.5 million to buy land for future schools.
» $582,000 for a visitor parking lot at the district's athletic stadium at Papillion-La Vista South High.
Board members couldn't agree on a proposed activity space and a physical education classroom for Papillion-La Vista South High School.
District officials took public comment on the bond proposal at two community forums last week, one at each junior high school.
As soon as the board agrees on a final list of projects, the district plans to hire a consultant to conduct a formal phone survey of a sampling of registered voters.
The board could vote in August on whether to place the referendum on the November general-election ballot.
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