Students who have never before been able to show animals may get their chance depending on the results of an upcoming bond election.


The Fox Public Schools Board of Education has called for a July 27 election asking voters to approve a $400,000 bond.


The bond, if passed, would be used to construct a new agricultural building and to payoff the lease purchase on the high school roof.

 


Students who have never before been able to show animals may get their chance depending on the results of an upcoming bond election.

 

The Fox Public Schools Board of Education has called for a July 27 election asking voters to approve a $400,000 bond.

 

The bond, if passed, would be used to construct a new agricultural building and to payoff the lease purchase on the high school roof.

 

The new ag facility, costing $150,000, will include a show ring, horse racks, concession stand and bathrooms.

 

Last April, the old ag building sustained damage when wildfires ravaged the area.

 

Using insurance money and the general fund, school officials plan to turn the old building into a student farm.

 

“Some kids don’t have the facilities to keep animals to show them, so we want to have a farm,” Superintendent Brent Phelps said.

 

School officials said they want to expand the ag program, which has had judging teams qualify for state and national competitions.

 

“We have a good program and want to keep things moving in that direction,” Phelps said.

 

The bond also includes $250,000 to pay for the lease purchase on the high school roof.

 

The lease purchase was done in order to finish the roofing project approved in a 2007 bond issue.

 

The district has been paying the interest on the lease since a bond election in November received only 55.6 percent instead of the needed 60-percent super majority.

 

Phelps said he will have community meetings in July to educate voters and answer questions about the bond issue.

 

The increase for taxpayers would be $2.18 for every $100 paid in property taxes.