Farmington to hold bond election to help fund schools

Created: 01/07/2014 6:51 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some major changes are planned for some schools in the Four Corners.

The Farmington Municipal School District says construction is badly needed, but they'll have to get some help from voters.

It’s out with the old and in with the new.

Farmington Municipal School District is planning to demolish most of Farmington High School and build a new one.

It may look fine from the outside but the original part of the building has been here since the fifties and school officials say it needs a facelift.

"Farmington High is old and worn out. There’s a need for it in a sense that the amount of classroom is insufficient," said Ted Lasiewicz, Chief of Operations for the district.

Most of the funding for the project is coming from the state, but the school district is holding a bond election next month.

They want $35 million for the construction of the new school and for some major renovations for two other schools.

Freshmen say they're excited for the changes coming to the school.

"I think it'll be cool," said student Noah Manz.

"This school is really old and we get a new one and people will be excited to come here," said student Melanie Kemp.

Even though the school is old, there's a lot of history.

Students and school officials want to try to incorporate parts of the old school into the new design. 

"A bunch of people went here I have relative that went here they're going to see it change and they're going to see me grow up here when it changes," said Kemp.

There will be a meeting next week on January 13 at 6 p.m. in the Farmington High cafeteria for the public to give their input on the project.  

The bond election will be held on February 4.    

Demolition of Farmington High will start in June.

The district hopes to have the new school finished in December 2016.

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