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Amboy plans open house on proposed junior high

AMBOY – A second open house on the proposed addition to Amboy High School, which would house a new junior high, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Amboy Junior High School, 140 S. Appleton Ave.

The School Board voted in December to ask voters on the March 20 ballot to approve a property tax increase to fund $15.8 million in general obligation bonds across the next 20 years. The first open house was held in January.

Taxpayers would pay an extra 86 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value, which comes to $235 more a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

The project includes a new gym for the high school and a two-story addition for the new junior high, which would have its own cafeteria, administration office and about 20 classrooms separate from the high school as well as a media center library and rooms for art and music.

The high school would get a new, more secure front entrance, an art room and a media center library.

There is as yet no plan for the existing junior high, which was built in 1922.

272 Kids Committee members and school officials will be at the open house to discuss plans, and a Lee County Treasurer’s office representative will be available to review tax bills and determine how the bond will affect specific property owners.

Guests also can view preliminary drawings of the proposed junior high and tour the existing building.

Refreshments will be provided.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Go to amboy272kids.wixsite.com/272kids or search for 272 KIDS on Facebook for more information on the proposed $15.8 million Amboy High School addition.

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