By Brittnee Sanchez
The question of whether or not community members thought Grandview High School was in need of an update was answered last week on Valentine's Day. The answer is "YES". What better day for students to experience an overwhelming sensation of love for their education than the day set aside for love. Voters approved the new school with a 62.15% approval rating versus a 37.85% rejection rate.
The bond was approved to help pay for the construction of a new high school. The new high school will be built on the existing GHS site, directly behind where the school sits now.The new school will include two gyms, an auditorium, classrooms built with science, technology, engineering, math and vocational classes in mind. A new high school, means more space.
Numbers don't lie, the community of Grandview knew that the need for a new school was inevitable. With nearly 1,000 students attending GHS, housed in a school built for half that number, you can guess the amount of overcrowding in hallways and if you drive by you can see new portables that were needed to house students and teachers in recent years.
The project will costapproximately $70 million, of which an estimated $27.4 million will come from the state. The remaining $42.2 million is to be paid for with the help of the bond measure, and would translate into a tax rate in the range of $3.65 per $1,000 of assessed value or an increase of around 47 cents per $1,000 over the current tax rate of $3.18 per $1,000.
There were many people who played a big part in getting the information out to the community members, to ensure they were informed before they voted.
The students at GHS are experiencing an overwhelming amount of love for their education from members of the community who voted yes. The first students to spend four years in the new facility, is year's current 5th grade students. The current 8th grade class, will be the first senior class of the new high school. This bond was about the kids of Grandview and what they deserve. Now they see we placed more emphasis on a better education for them, there is no telling what these students will become.