8/23/13 – 5:13 A.M.
Administrators in the Liberty-Benton school district are working to drum up support for a new K-8 school building. The Courier reports a meeting was held last night to explain why the district is putting a levy on the November ballot to fund construction of a new building. Elementary school principal Brian Burkett told the 40 people on hand classrooms in the current facilities are too small and don’t allow for much student movement. He added it was important to move forward with the project while the state was still offering to pay for a portion of it.
The building project is estimated to cost $31.9 million, and the local share of that would be $19.7 million. The district has opted for some extras, including additional academic space and a metal roof. The state won’t pay for those upgrades.