El Paso-Gridley schools could see renovations in the future

By WEEK Producer

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Residents in the El Paso-Gridley School District will vote on a referendum which could result in more than $18 million in renovations.

Property taxes would not go up if the referendum is passed, this would replace an expiring bond.

Most of the work would take place at the Junior High School in Gridley.

The older part of the building would be torn down and replaced with a modern structure.

A new building would mean students would not have to go outside to change classes, something that the principal said is a safety risk.

"You know in today's society when you live in a small community you like to think things don't happen here. But as we've seen in recent history things do happen, that's my biggest concern," said El Paso Gridley Jr. High Principal Robby Tomlinson.

Renovations would also be made to schools at both the El-Paso and Gridley campuses.

If voters approve the referendum, the next step would involve design and planning.

Construction would begin in about a year.

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