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Amboy School District to host open houses ahead of referendum for new junior high

AMBOY – With a vote on a nearly $16 million school project less than a month away, the Amboy School District is inviting people to tour the nearly 100-year-old school it wants to replace.

District officials will host a pair of open houses, from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 and from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4, at the junior high at 140 S. Appleton Ave., ahead of a Nov. 6 vote asking people to approve a $15.8 million referendum for the project.

People can tour the school to see firsthand the challenges officials say the 1922 building poses to teachers and students, as well as ask questions about the sweeping project that would renovate the high school and add on a new junior high.

It will be second time the school board has asked voters to approve the project, and this time they’re hoping for a different answer. A previous vote on March 20 failed by 53 votes, 716 to 769.

The project would add about 54,000 square feet onto the high school at 11 E. Hawley St., and include a new gym, front entrance, art room and media center library as well as a two-story addition for the new junior high school, with its own cafeteria, administration office and about 20 classrooms separate from the high school.

Construction would take about 2 years.

If the referendum fails, the junior high would need nearly $9 million in renovations to bring the building up to code.

MORE INFO

For more information about the referendum, project and open houses, find 272 KIDS on Facebook. 272 KIDS (Knowledge, Infrastructure and Development for Students) is a group formed to educate people on the vote.

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