$5.4 million bond would expand Shell Creek site

2011-04-11T09:15:00Z 2011-04-13T08:42:04Z $5.4 million bond would expand Shell Creek siteBy Tyler Ellyson tellyson@columbustelegram.com Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS - The future of a proposed expansion at Lakeview Community School District's Shell Creek Elementary will be decided Tuesday.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., when the district's 3,088 registered voters can weigh in on a $5.4 million bond levy that would serve as the major financing component for the project.

If Tuesday's vote favors the bond issuance, work would begin this summer on nearly 30,000 square feet of additions to Shell Creek Elementary, 16786 280th St.

The district hopes to address overcrowding issues at its elementary schools by transforming Shell Creek into a double-track facility, where each grade - kindergarten through sixth - has two separate classrooms and sections.

A 160-person cafeteria, a media center that doubles the size of the present library, offices and a new roof and HVAC system are also part of the proposed project.

Presently, 176 students attend Shell Creek Elementary and 145 go to Platte Center Elementary. Enrollment at both schools was increased when Sunrise Elementary was sold to Archer Daniels Midland Co. in late 2009.

About $1 million of the $6.36 million expansion project will be provided by funds from that transaction.

The bond asking, to be repaid over 15 years, would increase the district's property tax levy 5.559 cents per $100 in valuation - resulting in $55.59 in additional taxes annually for the owner of a $100,000 home.

A current timeline calls for work at Shell Creek to be completed in the summer of 2012, if the bond is approved.

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