School board calls new bond election

August 31, 2011 —

At a special meeting held last Thursday evening, the Hudson Area School Board agreed to ask voters to approve a 2.35 mill, $7.25 million dollar bond proposal. The funds would be used for upgrades and repairs to school buildings and property.

The proposal is a reduction of about fifteen percent from a proposal that narrowly failed to pass in May.

Board members and members of Securing Hudson Area’s Future spent the summer gathering input from residents, and gathering feedback about why the May proposal failed to pass. In previous school board meetings, committee members stated that the most negative feedback came from the amount of work proposed on athletic fields and school parking lots.

As a result, the proposal for work on Thompson Field has been reduced from $882,000 in May to $285,000, most of which would go to bringing the outdated electrical service and visitor bleachers up to code. Parking lot improvements have also been severely curtailed. However, most work at the Lincoln and Middle/High School buildings sought in May will remain on the November ballot.

In other business at the meeting, the board approved the resignations of two bus drivers, and the retirement of teacher DiAnn Bunting and counselor Susie Mansfield, effective November 1.