A main project in Crosbyton’s $10 million bond package is a new building for early elementary. The monolithic, dome-like structure will house students in grades pre-K through 2 and serve as a community wide storm shelter.
It will also be closer to the cafeteria, which is used for all grade levels. Moving from the current building to lunch, music and physical education classes requires a bit of a hike for the youngsters, Superintendent Shawn Mason said, which can be an issue in bad weather.
The shape of the building has seen better days too, he added: “The cost of repairs to the level we need it to be would be comparable to a new building.”
The proposal comes with a 28-cent jump in property taxes.
Other proposals include renovations to other campuses and the cafeteria, updated security systems, new heating and air-conditioning units, new football stadium and gym seats and new parking, sidewalks and school buses.
A focus of campus renovations is electrical work; many classrooms now have only a single power outlet, Mason said. That worked fine decades ago when the buildings were constructed and teachers had only to plug in a projector. Today, finding power outlets for the host of newer electronic gadgets can be a challenge.
Those renovation ideas came from a group of 17 parents and other residents. The Chieftain Advisory Network toured facilities and spoke with school staff, then organized plans.
“They really put a lot of time and effort into it,” Mason said.