Leigh School District to Vote on New High School

LEIGH-  Leigh School District voters will be considering a nearly $10 million bond issue that will be for a new high school and other renovations.

The new junior-senior high school would be added onto the elementary school, demolishing the existing high school.

Leigh superintendent, Stephanie Petersen, said they had to decide whether they should update the school or rebuild. The school board voted unanimously to put the bond on the November 6th ballot.

She said the school board has been preparing for the addition for several years, setting aside $1.2 million in the district’s building fund.

Petersen said the existing high school is more than 100 years old. Some of the issues include poor air quality, electrical issues, and outdated boilers.

Regardless of the bond results, the school will continue to co-op activities with Clarkson.

Some benefits for the school would include 1,000 square feet to expand programs, larger and more modern space, and controlled heating and cooling in classrooms.

This bond issue hits the ballot at a time when rural Nebraskans are already fighting what they think is an overwhelming property tax burden.

If the bond goes through Peterson says they would look at starting the project next spring.

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