Whatever the results of an April 2 school bond vote, USD 257 and its taxpayers will still grapple with facility costs.
The age of existing school buildings the youngest, McKinley, was built in 1949 and the oldest, the high school, was built in 1916 means high maintenance costs, school officials have said.
The school bond proposal would replace three elementary schools McKinley, Jefferson and Lincoln in favor of one combined school for preschool through fifth grade students. Supporters have said new facilities will reduce maintenance costs and result in savings between $300,000 to $500,000 each year because of that and other efficiencies like reduced utility costs and less duplication of resources.
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