St. Clairsville-Richland City School District putting nearly $80 million levy on ballot

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The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District is making moves to revamp and improve its facilities.

The district voted unanimously to put a school bond levy on the upcoming ballot to ensure campuses are safe and updated.

“Our kids deserve to have the facilities that this would offer,” St. Clairsville-Richland City Schools Superintendent Walt Skaggs said.

The $79.9 million bond levy project would include a lot of changes to the campus.

A new, 100,000-square foot, two-story elementary school would be built, along with a high school addition, and the demolition to the almost 100-year-old middle school building.

On top of those changes, a fine arts facility would be built.

“We've done everything we can in the current buildings, but we're kind of maxed out on what we can do,” Skaggs said. “As far as HVAC in the buildings, making them climate controlled, something where kids are comfortable in the classroom. Technology, our science labs vastly need updated.”

With the new buildings would come an updated curriculum and newer technology, along with new HVAC systems, kitchen and cafeteria updates, and new roads and gates that will stay closed during school hours.

“What this will do is secure our campus,” Skaggs said. “We will now have one continuous piece of property.”

The building project would be 8.46 mil, or about $25 per month for the average homeowner.

The main goal of this project is making sure students are safe and prepared for life after high school.

“We bring college credit-plus into our schools. We have kids that are taking college courses junior and senior year, as well as all the way down to 7th grade. We need the facilities to bring colleges in so that when kids leave here, they can leave here with a 2-year degree,” Skaggs said.

In addition, voters will have an opportunity to pass a separate bond, which will allow the school to build a new natatorium.

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