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Nebraska school hoping to rebuild one building and renovate another

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LAUREL, Neb. (KTIV) - Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School District patrons will vote on a school bond issue in the Nov. 3 general election.

The Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School District wants to demolish its high school building and build a new one. And also renovate the attached elementary school.

"The board really initiated a strategic facility improvement study. And really has been looking at lots of different options related to needs, both for facility wise, but also program and curricular wise for student learning and teacher programs," said Jeremy Christiansen, Superintendent Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School.

The school district will have a $23 million bond vote for this upcoming election.

Jeremy Christiansen, the superintendent said one area that urgently needs improvement is their elementary school.

"There's been long-standing concerns just about the overall learning environment, as well as safety and security. The building was built in the 70s, when an open concept was very popular as far as design and construction of schools," said Jeremy Christiansen.

This open concept basically means the elementary school classrooms are compact, they do not have permanent walls, and they do not have doors, which he said is a noise and security concern.

But Christiansen said their top priority is the high school.

"The high school, we have components of our facility that date now almost 100 years in terms of age. The core infrastructure is the biggest issue, not only HVAC system, but plumbing and electrical issues as well."

Christiansen said on the upper level of the building, the roof has been repaired and replaced, but they still have water issues every time it rains or snows.

He also said this bond is important because part of academic success for the students is having a positive academic environment.

If you would like more information on the bond, and the tax information, click here.

Leslie London

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