NEW SCHOOL: Johnston Proposes New High School

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The fate of building a new high school in Johnston will be left up to the voters.

The special election for the bond referendum is September 11th.

If the voters give the project a green light, construction will start on a new $1.22 million high school in the near future.

Johnston like many metro communities is growing.

The district is proposing building a brand new high school, it's what school superintendent Clay Guthmiller says is the district needs.

“We're a fast growing district and this would meet the future enrollment needs, particularly at the high school, but at the middle school as we re-purpose these other buildings, it does meet all the enrollment needs,” says Johnston Superintendent Clay Guthmiller.

The high school would hold 10th through 12th graders.

In turn, the old high school would then serve as the new middle school for 8th and 9th graders, eventually using the old middle school for another elementary school.

If voters approve the plan, it'll be paid for through an increase in property taxes.

That adds up to around $95 per year for a $200,000 home.

It's a proposal parents are talking about.

“I think they have a very good plan in place, I think the way it will be used would be very effective for the kids and very beneficial to our community,” says Craig Ferguson of Johnston.

“I'd like to see a smaller school, I think students benefit from a smaller school, smaller population, the school's gotten so large I would have preferred them to split it into two separate schools,” says Toni Vawter of Johnston.

Guthmiller says no matter how people feel about the issue, he hopes the community takes the time to voice their concerns, ask questions and ultimately get out and vote on the measure.

“I think the important thing is, for folks to get the facts, whether your for or against this issue it doesn't matter unless you get to the polls and I think that's the important thing,” says Guthmiller.

The district has already held four public hearings on the matter.

There are two left.

Those will be held on Wednesday August 29th and Thursday September 6th.

The meetings are at 7:00 p.m. at the Johnston Middle School auditorium.

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