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August 13, 2013

New Albany-Floyd County approves bonds

$2 million will fund 10 projects at school corporation facilities

NEW ALBANY —

Funding for expanded technology, building projects and increased security for the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. was passed at Monday night’s board of trustees meeting, but not without some opposition.

Two projects — updating the entrance and adding parking to Georgetown Elementary School, and repurposing and renovating the former Galena Elementary School — were up in the air as part of the district’s $2 million general obligation bond before the meeting.

Brad Snyder, deputy superintendent, said Galena would be partially demolished, leaving the gymnasium and some classroom space to be used for Floyd Central High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, allocating about $270,000 of the bonds to start the project.

More money would go toward adding parking at Georgetown Elementary, as well as making the entrance safer for traffic entering and exiting the campus.

Though she didn’t question most of the 10 projects outlined for the bond, board member Rebecca Gardenour voiced her concerns for the Galena portion of the project, especially since the district closed it and four other schools in 2010 as part of a cost-saving initiative.

“I just have a problem with, three years ago in the expenditure reduction, it asked to close down Galena,” Gardenour said. “And yet now, we’re going to pour more money into Galena. We were telling the community, the parents, the teachers, who were going to save this school, and now we’re going to turn around and spend $1 million on it.”

She said though the $270,000 may get Galena’s project started, she though the district would end up spending more than that.

Snyder said the district has set aside about $125,000 in its capital projects fund for 2013 and would set aside more for several more years to partially use that money on that project.

He said that and the Georgetown parking piece would be long-term projects, but this money would help get each of them get started.

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