Wednesday, February 7, 2001
South Routt Taxpayers in south Routt should see their money going to work as soon as the ground thaws and students can expect some new buildings by next school session.
South Routt Schools Superintendent Steve Jones said the district already has paid $100,000 in architectural fees as part of a tax-funded plan to upgrade all three schools in the district.
"The first goal is to get the vo-ag and administration portions done," he said.
Those additions will be at Soroco High School. As soon as the ground thaws, a hole will be dug and work will begin.
A new gym and a student commons area for the high school also are scheduled for the project.
Work on the 7,000-square-foot, six-classroom addition at the elementary school and remodeling in the middle school also are expected to start this summer.
Jones said both the elementary school wing and the remodeling in the middle school will be done by Christmas time.
The agricultural and administrative improvements at the high school need to be done by the end of the summer.
Jones said that when the remodeling is happening at the middle school that all 115 students will be going to class at the high school. The additional space there will be needed to house those students.
The money to pay for the improvements come from an $8.9 million bond that voters approved in November.
The bond calls for a 9.47 mill increase, which is included in the year 2000 property taxes.