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Sidney school district tries again with new proposed school bond measure

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After a recent bond measure failed, a KOTA Territory school district is trying again to build a new school in the community.
The Sidney Public School district has decided to initiate another school bond measure in the upcoming primary elections this May.

The newly proposed bond allocates 16.95 million dollars to help to build a new K-4 elementary school.

Sidney voters denied a similar bond measure last year by a slim 105 votes.

Superintendent Jay Ehler says after the bond failed, the school board and school officials went back to the community to understand why.
"There were some various things that bothered some people about the original plan," Said Ehler. "And so we've made a few adjustments and we're trying to do a better job in communicating, through media, what exactly we want to do any why we need it."
Ehler says there is a great need in the community for a new school, as some of the current facilities date back to the 1920's.

Ehler says its also a prime time for a bond measure as interest rates and construction costs are low.

Ehler said although property taxes in the city are a bit high from a the high school bond several years ago, the issue should be addressed sooner, rather than later.

"We feel that this is the time we have to take car of some of these needs, because 20, 25, 30 years from now, we're going to have to address our 5 through 8 buildings, and so it just seems like the timing is good now, with the lower interest rates," Ehler said.


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