District Debates on $85 Million Bond Measure

Sheila Trnjanin, Staff Writer

The Centennial School Board is debating whether or not to move ahead with a $85 million bond measure that would provide a new middle school and a variety of internal improvements.  

The final decision of passing the bond to community members will be determined in February of 2016.

If the Board does move the bond along, voters would be faced with approving a tax increase that would be about $1.31 per $1000 assessed home value.

According to Superintendent Sam Breyer, a large portion of the funds would go directly toward building a new middle school to accommodate the growing local population.  Other improvements include security and technology upgrades at all schools, and multi-purpose rooms for schools without a dedicated gym. Some of the money would be used to build a turf field at CHS and resurface two tennis courts.

The initial plan after the completion of a new school would be to have sixth graders in the district transfer to it, opening up room in elementary schools and enable the district to have two different middle schools.

Breyer said, “If the bond doesn’t pass, we are looking at some pretty serious overcrowding issues. Right now, five of our elementary schools have hit overcapacity. New houses being built will also have children in them, so our schools will be very crowded in the next few years.”

In the past, community members supported the construction of Butler Creek Elementary and improvements at CHS.  “We’re fortunate that we have a community that is very supportive of our schools in many ways,” Breyer says.