Canton schools propose bond issue to upgrade facilities

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Facilities in the Canton school district are aging and officials plans to fix them.

1st grade teacher Lacy Harrison said her classroom could use some upgrades.

“In my own classroom it would be with lighting and structure. I know that our roof and things need a lot of upgrades,” said Harrison.

Which is why the school district has a $2.5 million bond issue on April’s ballot. If passed, it would extend the district’s current 55 cent property tax levy another 15 years.

“It’ll be mostly the building envelope, the masonry and then the roofs, some HVAC and some electrical upgrades to our school district,” said Canton R-V Superintendent  Jesse Uhlmeyer.

Uhlmeyer said most of the money will be used for those building updates but eventually they plan to use some of that money to go one to one with technology and their students

“Technology is such an important thing even in the workplace and our students need to have access and learn a lot of different devices,” he explained.

Something teachers like Harrison said  is critical for the future of education. Right now, Canton schools have a limited number of laptops and iPads and teachers have to schedule a time to be able to use them which can create problems.

“We’ve had some teachers check them out for centers and things and then not have enough on the cart to use for the whole class so having the devices available and then being able to integrate them into the lessons and activities,” said Harrison.

If the bond issue passes, the Uhlmeyer said phase one of the facilities upgrades including an updated HVAC system should be installed over the summer.

Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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