The Highland school board Monday night approved asking district voters for a $3.7 million bond election to update facilities.
The bond total was nearly $1 million more than original estimates. The biggest chunk of the increase was due to contingency and design fees that had not originally been considered.
The school board voted 6-1 to approve the bond total and to request petition papers from the state. The bond election could be approved by the board in June after the petition papers are signed by voters in the district calling for an election.
The district is planning an Aug. 6 special election, which would provide six or seven weeks to campaign for bond passage if the board approves the election at its June meeting.
School board member Lois Schneider cast the dissenting vote, complaining that the board did not get the revised budget figures prior to the meeting so they could be compared to earlier projections.
Superintendent Ken Crawford said the district did not receive the revised numbers until late in the afternoon Monday.
The number of signatures required to call the election will be determined as a percentage of votes cast in the 2017 school board election. Highland consultant Mike Jorgensen estimated that about 50 signatures will be needed.
The board Monday night added replacing windows in the high school to the list of projects to be funded. That project has an estimated price tag of $69,300. Board members said it made sense to replace the windows at the same time the district upgrades the heating and air conditioning system at the high school and middle school on Vine Avenue.
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