Projects for Paragould School District will be put to a vote

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"Not only is it the overcrowded conditions, it's about preparing for the future as well," said Paragould School District Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Hosman.

The future for the Paragould School District may include many millions of dollars in projects.

Dr. Hosman says the two most sizeable approved projects include a  new Pre-K to 1st  grade school and an addition to Oak Grove Middle School--together totaling around 16 million dollars. The remaining one million will go toward renovations and conversions of space at some of the district's other buildings.

"In the coming months,  we'll have to get out and sell the plans to our parents and patrons, demonstrate the need for what we wish to move the district forward," said Dr. Hosman.

Dr. Hosman says for all of these projects to in fact move forward they need support.  Support he says in the form of a millage increase.

"We're hoping right now it will be somewhere between 4 and 5 mils--not to exceed 5 hopefully," said Dr. Hosman.

Hosman says he hopes to have exact numbers in 30 to 45 days.  Dr. Hosman says the total cost of the projects will be about 20-million dollars. The state will pay just under eight-million.  The rest will be the district's responsibility.

"I would hope that these projects will get us through the next 15 to 20 years and not have to go back to voters," said Dr. Hosman.

Dr. Hosman says a vote on the projects may be in September during annual school elections or a special election may be held in June or July.  He says until the vote, he and administrators will spend their time educating parents and patrons about the  projects.

"I believe they will support us.   Our job is to simply get out and give them as much information as possible," said Dr. Hosman.

A public meeting will be held Thursday, February 4th at the Paragould High School Auditorium at 6:30. Administrators will be on hand to answer your questions about the proposed projects.  That meeting was originally scheduled for this Thursday but has been changed due to the threat of inclement weather.

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