Mid-Del community approves additional funds


Jennifer Byrd

Editor-in-Chief

The Mid-Del community passed a $10 million bond election Feb. 11 to increase the school system’s safety measures, provide upgrades to instructional technology, and replace aging buses.

The bond issue passed with more than three-quarters of voters approving the two-part proposition.

The first section will provide facility improvements based on each school’s unique needs and district-wide projects for administration and maintenance buildings.

Additionally, a security vestibule will be built in all schools that currently lack the safeguard.

Many of the schools will receive other safety upgrades, including cameras, fencing, additional lighting, and electronic access controls. A list of each school’s specific improvements can be found at www.mid-del.net.

Bond Election Flyer for Mid-Del Public Schools

Graphic courtesy of Mid-Del Public Schools

Upgrades will also occur at all school administrative and support buildings, including security cameras for the warehouse and Business and Industry Services Building and additional lighting at the Support Services and Maintenance buildings.

Every school on the list, with the exception of the Mid-Del Technology Center, will receive instructional technology equipment.

“We’re continually faced with the need for technology for our students,” Pam Deering, superintendent of Mid-Del Schools said in a video news release. “This bond will provide more and newer student computers at all school sites.”

The second part of the proposition allows for bus upgrades at a cost of $400,000.

“We need to retire some of our buses that have lots of miles,” Deering said.

The bond will be completely paid off in five years, according to the school district’s informational packet. The district states that the cost to homeowners in the voting area will be less than $1 per week and will help keep students “safe, secure and smart.”

Eighteen percent of RSC students come from the Mid-Del School District, and 42 percent of students live within the RSC Technical District, according to Isabelle Billen, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness.

 

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