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School Board approves election results, plans next steps for project

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School District’s unofficial May 12 election results are now official.
The School Board met in a special session Monday morning to officially canvass the election results, among other agenda items.
The official canvass shows that the district’s not-to-exceed $24.19 million building bond passed with 1,534 “yes” votes to 908 “no” votes, a 626-vote margin.
Business Manager Michelle Sander said there are a couple of “next steps.”
First, the district will begin work on issuing the bonds to fund the proposal.
Sander said because interest rates on bonds are increasing, “we want to move forward as quickly as we can.”
She is working with Ehlers & Associates, the district’s financial consultant, and hopes to have a “call for the sale of bonds” ready for the School Board’s approval at its June 8 meeting, if not for an earlier special meeting.
Once that step is approved, the bond will be put out for sale on bids.
As for the actual project, Sander said the administration and staff will be meeting with architect Paul Youngquist to start the design of the project, which includes adding onto the junior high/high school campus to accommodate the district’s kindergarten through second-grade students, who are currently housed at the Helen Baker Elementary School. That building will be closed once construction is complete.
Sander said the design phase will take place now through December. The district will call for bids in January or February 2016, with construction to begin at the close of the 2015-16 school year, with expected completion in fall 2017.

For more, see the May 20 print edition of The Chronicle.