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Pine River-Backus School: Board eyes $16.2 million building project

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The Pine River-Backus School Board approved informational documents for public display pertaining to a potential $16.2 million building project.

The flyer presented to the board Monday, Nov. 19, highlights each separate building project, including: career-technical spaces, auditorium, football/track upgrades, high school media center renovation, high school gym renovation and outdoor storage building works.

These are the same potential construction projects presented recently in an independent phone survey the district used to gauge community opinion.

That survey showed fairly positive reception for most of the potential projects, though some projects, such as the football field and track upgrades, were less well defined and less favorable to those surveyed.

The district will be hold public information sessions regarding the projects Jan. 15, Feb. 7, March 5 and April 18. If the district does decide to send the whole package to voters for approval, the tax impact on a home valued at $100,000 would be $5 per month or $60 a year. For a home valued at $200,000, that contribution would be $12.50 a month or $151 a year.

In other business Nov. 19, the board:

• Reviewed a schedule for an April 2 Tiger's Care Community Conference, an event featuring a light meal, keynote speaker and breakout sessions on mental health, school safety, bullying, social media and vaping.

• Hired Elaine Long as custodian.

• Approved an additional paraprofessional position at the high school and authorized additional hours for paraprofessional Tracy Smith.

• Reviewed school policies on accepting federal revenue sources and public data requests.