Quincy High School

QUINCY – The Quincy School District is asking voters to approve a $108.3 million bond in February.

The funds would go toward building a new high school and renovating several existing schools.

The student population in the district is about 2,850 students and is expected to increase by 400 students by 2020, according to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

If passed, $80.4 million would finance building a new Quincy High School, while the current high school would get a $2 million remodel project to convert it into a middle school.

The Quincy Junior High School would undergo a $13 million renovation to become a new elementary school and Mountain View, Pioneer and George Elementary Schools would receive $9 million to add new gymnasiums and classrooms.

The remaining $3 million would be used for infrastructure improvements, such as replacing boilers, roofs, HVAC controls and updating security measures throughout the district.

The district would qualify for up to $10 million in matching state funds, which would go toward the elementary school projects. The junior high school renovation would receive about $7.3 million in state funds and the gym and classroom additions would receive between about $1.2 million.

The last bond approved by voters was in 1998 for about $20 million. With an assessed property value of more than $3 billion, the property tax burden to district residents is projected to be about 2 cents higher than on the 1998 bond, according to district documents.

Residents would pay $1.89 per $1,000 of assessed value over the life of the bond, and 28 percent of the overall cost would be paid by the data centers currently operating in Quincy.

Voters will decide on the bond during the Feb. 9, 2016 election.

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