Sugar-Salem School District patrons approve $17 million junior high school bond

The Glenn and Dorothy Dalling family recently donated 43 acres of land to the Sugar-Salem School District. Plans call to build a new Junior High School on the property. The School District plans to ask patrons for a $17 million bond in August to pay for the new facility.

SUGAR CITY – The Sugar-Salem School District is getting a new junior high school.

That’s all thanks to school district patrons approving a $17 million school bond on Tuesday. Of the 1,077 voting, 840 cast ballots in favor of the bond while 237 voted “no." The bond required 66.67 approval rate and received nearly 80 percent of the “yes” vote.

In Madison County, Sugar-Salem school patrons in four precincts voted 670 for the bond while 178 voted against it. In Fremont County, patrons gave 170 "yes" votes while and 59 voted "no" in four districts.

Thanks to voters’ approval, school district officials now have the go-ahead to create a design for the junior high school to hold three grades. The current junior high school serves seventh and eighth graders.

Once an approved design is in place, the district plans to build on property donated by the Dalling Family earlier this year. It’s expected that construction could start around April of 2020.

The new school means no modular classrooms will be set up. The contract between the Dalling family and the school district specifies no such classrooms to be placed on the new junior high school property. School Superintendent Chester Bradshaw refers to modular classrooms as “a disjointed form of education.”

The current Junior High School is the smallest of Sugar-Salem’s school buildings but is the most expensive to maintain. It’s heating system is antiquated, and the building experiences the highest maintenance costs per student, Bradshaw said in a previous interview.

As more information is gathered on Tuesday’s bond election, the Standard Journal will update this story.

To contact Lisa Dayley Smith write to lsmith@uvsj.com