Seymour School Board of Education Presents High School Renovation Plan
Due to the deterioration of the current high school the Seymour Community School Board of Directors is presenting their vision for a renovation plan. The board was presented with a petition at its October 17 board meeting with over 330 signatures to proceed with a $1,950,000 bond issue to be used for three infrastructure projects. The bond will go to the voters December 6th for a vote. There will be several community meetings to present this plan to the districts constituents. The meetings are:
November 16th at Promise City Community Center at 7:00 PM
November 21st at Seymour High School at 7:00 PM
November 22nd at Plano Christian Fellowship Hall at 7:00 PM
November 28th at Sewal Community Center at 7:00 PM
December 5th at the Seymour High School at 7:00 PM
The three projects to be addressed with this bond are:
1) Replace the current old steam heating system with a new modern efficient heating and cooling system. The current boiler is 50 years old and the heaters and piping are 100 years old.
2) Replace all the windows and outside doors to the three story high school building with energy efficient units.
3) Add an elevator so all floors are handicap accessible. This would make the entire campus handicap accessible.
The board has already spent $160,000 on completely redoing the electrical service to the entire campus this summer, so we are prepared to have the power needed to implement new heating/cooling system to our building. The school does not have enough funds nor can we finance such a project through the resources provided to the school for these infrastructure projects. That’s why a bond is needed for the updates. Once the infrastructure is updated and installed we will use the one-cent sales tax to hire local contractors to remodel the classrooms.
The current Seymour High School is 100 years old and needs considerable maintenance. The cost to heat the building alone is astronomical. After two failed bond issues to replace the current high school with a new one the board took a step back and heard the community say loud and clear they would like to keep the three story high school building and renovate it.
I will be talking about issues relating to the project here in the Seymour Herald for the next several weeks. If you have any questions please call the school, stop by and ask me, or attend one of the many scheduled meetings.
Seymour is a proud community that has an excellent school system. Let’s make it the best it can be.
Brad Breon, Seymour Community School Superintendent