District starts bond campaign

Folks need to come up with $18 million

An artist’s rendition depicts planned new classroom space and the Sunnyside High School campus.

Special to The Daily Sun
An artist’s rendition depicts planned new classroom space and the Sunnyside High School campus.


A schematic shows the Sunnyside High School campus after athletic fields are upgraded.

— After putting more than a year into determining the facilities needs for the School District, the school board and administrators are starting their campaign to convince patrons the improvements are worth 18 million of their dollars.

To build the new facilities, the district would sell construction bonds on the bond market to raise $18 million, if the voters agree. It that were to happen, the state would send another $6.5 million to the District to help pay for the facilities.

The taxpayer would have to tax themselves $2 per $1,000 of property value over 20 years to pay the $18 million and interest back to bond holders over 20 years

With that amount of money, the board believes in can expand the school to meet the enrollment through demand 2022.

The special bond election will take place on April 24. The District has scheduled public forums for March 8 and April 12 at the high school, at 6 p.m. both days.

We’ll be presenting the plan, showing drawings of how it will look,” District Communications Director Jessica Morgan said.

According to Morgan, the $24.5 million is an estimated cost for the project. The real cost will be known when the construction bids come in.

In addition to expanding for space, the District is also upgrading to keep up with other districts its size in the region and around the state.

One of the projects will be moving of the football field from between the high school and Harrison Middle School to an area near the Mormon Church.

It will be a completely new stadium, with concession stand and lockers and showers. It will also be the soccer field, with a track running around it.

The plan calls for artificial turf. Many schools, including class 1A Royal, play football and soccer on artificial turf.

The stadium will be one of the biggest in region with seating for 5,500 fans. The home side will have 3,700 seats.

“One our goals is to accommodate everyone who comes to the graduation,” Morgan said.

Morgan warned that, because every cost is an estimate, there may be adjustments after bids come in. Loofburrow-Wetch Architects made the estimates.

The biggest of the three construction projects will be a new classroom building taking up roughly the area where stadium is now.

That building will include 13 classrooms and laboratory space.

The third project will be the addition of performing arts space in the are of the auditorium. The focus of that project is a new band/mariachi room.


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