By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Voters who live in the Water Valley School District will go to the polls on March 19 to determine the fate of borrowing up to $6.5 million to make improvements at the schools. The referendum follows more than two years of discussions as school trustees have worked on a long-range plan to make address the school’s aging buildings.
In order for the school to issue the general obligation bonds, the referendum requires support from 60 percent of the voters who live in the district and vote in the election. The election will be held at one polling place, the Water Valley courthouse, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The county’s election commissioners will conduct the election and utilize the county’s election machines.
According to the ballot language, the money will be used “…for erecting, repairing, equipping, remodeling and enlarging school buildings and related facilities, purchasing land therefor, establishing and equipping school athletic fields and necessary facilities connected therewith, and providing necessary water, light, heating, air conditioning and sewage facilities for school buildings and related facilities.”
The projects include work at the Water Valley High School to repair or replace the gym roof, remodel and construct a new entrance, renovate the kitchen and administration area and pave the parking lot. At Davidson Elementary School the projects include renovating, repairing and installing windows, doors, heating and air conditioning; and renovating the kitchen, restrooms and gym and paving the parking lot. The project could also include work at Bobby Clark field including building new concession stands and ADA restrooms.
More details about the scope of work will be reported in subsequent editions of the Herald.