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March 15 Amboy Junior High open house the last before the election

The proposed addition at Amboy High School, which would house the junior high, would include a new library/media center, shown here in an artist rendering. An open house on the addition will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Amboy Junior High School, 140 S. Appleton Ave.
The proposed addition at Amboy High School, which would house the junior high, would include a new library/media center, shown here in an artist rendering. An open house on the addition will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Amboy Junior High School, 140 S. Appleton Ave.

AMBOY – A final open house at Amboy Junior High School before the March 20 vote on whether to issue bonds to build a new one will run from 5 to 7 p.m. March 15

Members of the 272 KIDS (Knowledge, Infrastructure and Development for Students) committee, who support spending $15.8 million over 20 years for a two-story addition to Amboy High School to house a new junior high, will be on hand to answer questions.

Attendees can view preliminary project drawings and tour the junior high, to see firsthand the challenges officials say the 1922 building poses to teachers and students.

A representative from the Lee County Treasurers’ office also will be available to review tax bills and determine what impact the bond will have on property owners.

The School Board voted in December to ask voters to approve a property tax increase to pay for the 20-year bonds.

Taxpayers would pay an extra 86 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value, which comes to about $118 more a year for the owner of a $50,000 home.

If approved, the new junior high addition would have its own cafeteria, administration office and about 20 classrooms, as well as a media center library and rooms for art and music.

The bonds also would pay for a new gym at the high school, a more secure front entrance, an art room and a media center library.

Construction would take about 2 years to complete. All together, the project would add about 54,000 square feet.

Refreshments will be provided.

Go to amboy272kids.wixsite.com/272kids or find 272 KIDS on Facebook for more information. 

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