BRIGHAM CITY -- The last in a series of construction projects in the Box Elder School District is now under way, and the school board is preparing to sell the final $14 million of general obligation bonds to finance the work.
"I never in my life thought we would see a double trough like this, where the conditions would be this favorable," said business administrator Ron Frandsen.
In 2007, voters approved a $70 million bond to finance a major renovation at both high schools and perhaps build one new elementary school. However, the downturn in the economy was a boon to the county, as the cost of construction -- and interest rates -- went down.
This has allowed the district to do much more with its money than originally planned.
With the first portion of the bond money, the school district has renovated both high schools, built a new school in Garland and started construction on a new school in Fielding.
With the remaining funds, the district will complete the Fielding school and build a new gym at Box Elder Middle School.
The new gym will have three basketball courts, plenty of room for volleyball, a weight room and new locker rooms.
A resolution has been passed authorizing the board to issue a maximum of $14 million in general obligation bonds -- the last of the bond money approved in 2007.
A public hearing is set for Oct. 26.
Even with the completion of these projects, other buildings in the district need attention. The school district is in the very early stages of analyzing the elementary school in Snowville to determine just how much renovation can be done there and how to do it in a cost-effective manner.