$120 Million In Improvements Proposed For Fort Smith Schools
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A proposed budget has been created for improvements, renovations and additions to Fort Smith Schools.
The proposal includes spending $43.8 million in renovations and expansion to Southside High School, $37.4 million in renovations to Northside High School, $13.7 million into a Career and Technology Center that would be completed by renovating an existing building, $10.4 million in safety-related renovations at Barling, Cook, Woods and Morrison Elementary Schools, $9.6 million in renovations to Darby Junior High School, $5.5 million in safety and security, and $1.6 million for technology, a news release states.
Additionally, $863,575 in proposed for staffing including hiring seven nurses, three school resource officers, a grant writer and giving nearly a two percent raise to staff, the release also states.
According to the release, the total for the projects is a bit more than $120 million, or a 6.8 mills increase. That would raise the millage rate to 43.3 mills from 36.5 mills.
A group of 57 Fort Smith residents volunteered more than 900 hours total, for five weeks, to draft the proposal, the release states.
The proposal will be discussed at the next board meeting scheduled for Feb. 26 at Building B of the Service Center Complex, 3205 Jenny Lind Road.