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Illini West asking voters to pass bond issue for a new high school

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The Illini West School District is asking voters to approve a $17 million bond to build a new high school on March 17.

Officials say the current school is outdated and has many safety concerns/problems including an outdated heating system, old portable trailers, roofing issues and rusty water pipes.

"It's basically a framed building, framed concrete block, no sprinkler system, huge, huge fire hazard," llini West School District Board President John Huston said.

Superintendent Kim Shilson tells WGEM News, if voters approve the funding, the district will be ready to apply for potential school construction funding that would be part of a five-year $45 billion state infrastructure plan, to cover the rest of the project.

The estimated cost for a new high school is $33 million. The school bond would cover $17 million and the state would cover $16 million, but only if it gets approved by voters in March.

The new school would cost taxpayers around 85 cents per $100 in assessed value.

The full power point presentation is at the bottom of the article which shows how much property taxes would increase.

The current Illini West High School building is leased from the Carthage Elementary District. The school district had a study conducted and it found it would cost $22 million to fix the current issues in the building.

The site for a new school would be located north of Carthage near intersection Illinois 94 and County Road 2600 North.

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