The Turner school district will hold a bond election in October on $19.5 million in improvements, including a new Oak Grove Elementary School.
On July 9, the Turner school board unanimously approved the resolution to hold the bond election.
Ballots will be mailed to Turner school district residents on Sept. 30 and must be returned before noon Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Besides the new Oak Grove school, the bond issue will include safety and security upgrades to all schools; upgrades to media centers and computer pods to support digital learning; and heating and cooling improvements to the Administrative Service Center.
“I am excited about the board’s unanimous support to move forward with the October 22 bond election,” said Superintendent Michelle Sedler. “This bond is significant for the future of our kids and our community as a whole.”
Turner officials said there will be no tax increases for district residents.
If residents approve the bond election improvements will begin immediately, district officials said.
Many of the safety and security improvements will be completed for the 2014-2015 school year. Remaining upgrades and new construction will be completed for the 2015-2016 school year.
Of the total $19.5 million, the new Oak Grove building will be about $15 million of the total, including construction and soft costs, according to a Turner spokesman.
Part of the bond issue will include a new cafeteria at Junction Elementary School.
As part of the security upgrade, a front-entry vestibule will be built in each school so all visitors will be directed into the school office area before gaining access to the building, said Jason Dandoy, Turner district spokesman.
"The new laws, along with recent school tragedies, have really just brought these issues into the forefront," he said. "Many districts are taking a careful look at the environment the kids are in and making sure we have as many preventative efforts in place as possible."