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Board to delay seeking bond levy
COVE — Cove School District voters will not be asked to approve a bond levy for maintenance and capital construction in 2014.
The Cove School Board reached a consensus Tuesday night to delay making a bond levy request until 2015. The board had planned on seeking a bond levy in November for maintenance and capital construction work but had not yet formally voted do so.
The board decided to delay seeking a bond levy so that it could spend more time planning and getting input from the public.
“We need to get our ducks in a row first. We should look to next year for a bond levy,” said school board chair Meg Moore.
Brett Moore, also a school board member, echoed this sentiment.
“This is something that we need to get right. We should not get in front of ourselves,” he said.
Should the board seek a bond levy, a big portion and possibly all of the money it would raise would go toward doing major renovation work in the school district’s old gym, which is just west of the elementary school. The gym was built at least six decades ago and is used for many purposes now, including physical education classes and community meetings. It complements the high school gym, which was built four decades ago and is in much better condition.
Money from a bond levy would likely be used to replace the gym’s floor and windows and do extensive renovation of the walls and ceiling. Cove School District Superintendent Bruce Neil also suggested Tuesday that funds from a bond levy could also be used to transform the gym into a cafeteria. He suggested that its stage, now boarded off, could be lowered and renovated into a kitchen and students could then be served lunch in the gym.
The school district’s cafeteria and kitchen are now located in the elementary school. Moving the cafeteria and kitchen to the old gym would free up space in the elementary school, Neil said.
The superintendent said that waiting until 2015 to seek a bond levy is a good idea.
“We need more time to inform and get input from the community and staff and do an in-depth analysis of our overall facilities and our different options,” Neil said.