Paragould School District hosts proposed millage meeting

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Paragould School District patrons will head to the polls in just over three weeks to vote on a proposed 4 point 9-5 millage increase.  At Monday night's  public meeting, patrons got an opportunity to ask questions, get them answered, and see some of the proposed changes the district has planned.

"As a parent, with 2 daughters, I want to know what are we getting out of this," said parent, Mardy Holmes.

As a parent to children in the Paragould School District, he says he wants to be an informed voter.

"....Because it's all about them and their future," said Holmes.

District superintendent, Dr. Aaron Hosman, says getting that information to patrons and being available to answer questions  about the proposed millage increase is key to educating voters.

"It's important to all of us that our parents and patrons can see how their tax dollars are going to be spent," said Dr. Hosman.

Renderings of the proposed new pre-k through first grade center and proposed additions to Oak Grove Middle School were on display.  They are renderings Hosman said people wanted and deserved to see.

"I do not see the buildings changing much, we've been working since January with an architect," said Dr. Hosman

"I  was wanting to be more informed on how the money was going to be spent," said mother, Jana Dowler.

Dowler  has been to several of the meetings held by the district, and says she's particularly glad to see pictures of the possibilities.

"To see this picture, I think wow that's going to be very exciting," said Dowler.

Mardy Holmes says the renderings are another tool voters will be able to use to help educates themselves before heading to the polls.

"I think it's like any situation, you want to know what all is the money being spent on, what  is it all about," said Holmes.

The projected cost of all of the changes, including other renovations and conversions of space,  is expected to be around 20 million dollars.   The state will pay around 8 million, the district is responsible for the rest.

There is another public meeting scheduled at Oak Grove Middle School at 6 P.M. on September, 7th.

Early voting starts on September 14th.

Election day is September 21st.

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