After years of dealing with overcrowding in Bluffton schools, could the district finally have a permanent solution to the problem?
School Superintendent Jeffery Moss has introduced three options he believes will solve the problem.
Moss originally proposed building two new choice schools on two pieces of property that the district already owns in Bluffton. One school would be a K-8 and the other school would combine middle and high schools.
The second option is to build an additional wing on Bluffton High School to accommodate more students.
The final option would be to build two new schools, an elementary and middle school, that wouldn't be choice schools. The district will have to rezone, which means students will be forced to change schools.
According to School Board Chair Bill Evans, the board is leaning toward building two new schools.
"If we 're going to move towards building these new schools we've gotta get that on a timeline as quickly as possible, if we want to reach our goal of having this ready by the 2015 -16 school year," said Evans.
The district said it could cost $50 million to build the two schools, which it will pay for with money the district has left over from a 2008 bond referendum. If it needs to, the district will borrow the rest from the state -- which it can do by law.
The board meeting will began around 3 p.m. Tuesday in county council chambers. They are not expected to vote until their regular meeting at 6pm.
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