Voters to decide on levy aimed at improving infrastructure of Caldwell schools

Posted at 5:14 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 19:14:29-04

From roof repairs to security system upgrades, district leaders say Caldwell schools are in need of major improvements.

Many of the buildings in the Caldwell School District were built in the 1940's, 50's and 60's.

"We really do want our schools to last another 50 to 100 years," said Superintendent Dr. Shalene French. "We're approaching 100 years on a couple of those buildings."

On the November ballot, voters will decide on a 10-year plant facilities levy -- $2.51 million per year, for each of the next 10 years, starting in 2018. 

The levy will address roofing, plumbing, and other infrastructure issues.

"We had a severe winter, and it brought to our attention some shortcomings in our buildings that otherwise may not have been noticed quite as soon," French said.

Some playground equipment will also be replaced, after it was deemed unsafe by a state inspector.

"Some people think that is a 'want,' but at these three elementary schools, that is a 'need,'" French said. "And we want to make sure that we have safe places for our children to play." 

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. If the levy passes, work could begin next year.

School officials also say this levy would not increase the current tax rate.