Voters to consider $8.9 million school bond in Bridgeport

Bridgeport Public Schools district voters will decide on an $8.9 million bond issue in November.

The Bridgeport School board voted 5 to 1 Monday night to place the issue on a November 12th ballot. The 30-year-bond would equate to about $120 per $100,000 of valuation.

The Our Kids First Committee said that Bridgeport has one of the oldest elementary facilities in the region, and cited health, ADA, and safety issues in the current 4-6 building as their main reasons for wanting the bond issue. They said that the district has outgrown the current building, putting students in make-shift classrooms, and forcing kids to the hallways during testing times.

The $8.9 million proposal includes 16 new classrooms, a commons area, a new 640-seat auditorium, a competition gymnasium with locker rooms, concessions, a weight room, wrestling room, energy efficient windows, lighting and HVAC system, storage rooms, and parking areas.

The proposal would also re-purpose existing classrooms into one office for high school, elementary and administration, allowing for one entrance into the school, a library, technology room, music room, and work space.

The Our Kids First Committee will be holding a town hall meeting on October 2nd at 7 p.m. in the Bridgeport Auditorium.

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