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Hearne School Bond Issue

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That's the approach Hearne's school board is taking after a $13.9 million bond issue failed earlier this month by just 20 votes.

Just like many other districts in the area, Hearne says its schools have seen better days and it's time for some major improvements.

" They're old and outdated. Wires are exposed. Anytime we upgrade technology, those wires are exposed. All the classroom doors open to the outside, so there are no hallways, said Superintendent, David Deaver.

Deaver says he and the school board have worked hard to come up with a master plan for the $13.9 million bond proposal to help alleviate some of the district's problems. He believes they've found a solution that will save the district and taxpayers money in the long run.

" We feel we can save a lot more money by having two campuses instead of 4 campuses. It would better financially," said Hearne School Board President, James Taylor.

The district wants to combine the 2 elementary schools into one campus and attach a new junior high to the current high school campus. The board says this will eliminate duplication of services like cafeterias and office equipment.

" We're also looking for a central location for our schools," said Deaver.

Deaver says this will help build a team connection with teachers and staff if all schools are close together. So how much will the bond cost tax payers?

" We know it's a cost to bear, but an average medium home that cost $75,000, they'd actually be paying about $10 more a month in taxes," said Deaver.

Other additions include a new gym, vocational building, band hall and weight room.

The district is often criticized for low test scores and many students have transferred to other districts, but school board members say the bond shows the district is at least trying to make things better.

" We have good kids here, we have a good staff here and we're working hard every day to try to find different ways to get money to try to implement better learning for our children," said Taylor.