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Vermilion schools aim for building bond issue

Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 26, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Vermilion Schools is depending on community support to renovate buildings and consolidate the district into a single campus.

The Vermilion Board of Education recently approved placing a $33 million bond issue on the ballot this November.

If it’s approved by voters, the district would construct a new elementary school addition onto the middle or high school building. Vermilion Elementary School would close.

The issue would also provide enough money to renovate Vermilion High School and Sailorway Middle School — buildings that are long overdue for upgrades, superintendent Phil Pempin said.

“It’s been more than 45 years since work has been done,” he said. “They’re getting to an age where a decision has to be made.”

The recommendation was presented earlier this month to the board by the district’s facility commission and financial task force, two volunteer groups comprised of residents and staff members.

The plan would shape the district’s facilities into a “21st century learning space” for the next 40 years, they said.

“Taking advantage of this opportunity should be of the highest priority for the board of education and the community,” said Richard Zangin, a committee member.

It would cost an owner of a $100,000 home about $120 per year, she said.

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