District 12 hosts building tours ahead of referendum

Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 4:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2014 7:08 a.m. CDT

JOHNSBURG – One month from now, District 12 voters will decide whether the school district will get to take out up to $41 million in new bonds.

The money would go toward building improvements and maintenance at three of the district's school and relocating James C. Bush Elementary School students to another building.

The district is hosting a series of open houses at each of the schools, giving tours of spaces typically not open to the public, including mechanical areas, cafeterias and kitchens, and where the heating and air-conditioning units are kept.

The tours will also cover classrooms and other learning spaces.

The district's architects will share information about what improvements and maintenance would be covered by the bonds, which would be paid back by keeping the bond portion of property owners' tax bill the same instead of dropping as currently expected.

The district has put together a tentative but fairly comprehensive list of site, exterior and interior improvements – updated wiring, paving parking lots and replacing heating and air conditioning units – and possible enhancements for the district’s four schools though the board decided last month to stop using James C. Elementary School as a school.

A tour of Johnsburg Junior High School is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, and one of James C. Bush Elementary School will follow at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. The final tour will be of Johnsburg High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.

The tour of Ringwood Primary Center was held earlier this month.

More information about the referendum is available at the district's website – www.johnsburg12.org – under the "Community Opportunities" section.

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