BOONE COUNTY, Ar. –Voters in the Alpena School District head to the polls tomorrow for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on building a new High School.
Maintenance and safety issues are at the top of the list of why school officials feel they need a new High School. But, Superintendent, David Westonhover is anxiously waiting to find out if voters are willing to help fund this 5-point-2 million dollar project.
“This will require a three point four mil increase in school funding.”
Westonhover says Alpena High School is pretty old.
“I’m not sure of the exact date it was built, but it’s.. it’s close to 100 years old.”
Structure problems are revealing the building’s age.
“The septic systems are failing. It’s not in tune with what we need to do for our kids as far as technology. It requires a lot of upkeep. The foundation leaks. Needs some rewiring done.”
Travis Connor, Technology and Maintenance Supervisor for the school says electrical problems in the building are major.
“Power outages are daily. Weekly, if not daily.”
School officials say one of their biggest concerns with the old High School is it becomes very difficult to keep all of the students safe.
“There’s five outside doors, security is almost impossible. We have students going from our agri facility, down the hill, going back to this building, or going back to our gym. They go through this building, or they have to go around it – and we can’t keep the doors locked.. keep anybody out. Some of the doors are so old, there’s not parts for me to get them replaced anymore. We’ll have to replace the whole doors.”
“A safe building is one of the most beneficial things we can give our kids,” says Westonhover, “When they go in the classroom they need to feel like they’re safe and they’re secure — and they can learn.”
If voters approve the new school, officials are hoping to have it completed sometime in 2020.