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Huntington County Community School gathering community input on potential referendums

Huntington County Community School Corporation is still in the early phases of a potential referendum to pay for the upgrades centered around Huntington North High School.

Posted: Jun 4, 2019 8:35 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2019 11:07 PM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Huntington County Community School Corporation is considering a tax increase to pay for upgrades.

The school district is still in the early phases of a potential referendum to pay for the upgrades centered around Huntington North High School.

"It needs to be taken care of," said Chrystal Miller, whose children attend HCCSC. "As a homeowner, of course I don't want my taxes to go up, but we do need functional schools."

Since Huntington North High School was built 50 years ago, school designs have changed significantly.

For example, there are currently three different offices inside Huntington North High School.

Superintendent Chad Daugherty said plans call for moving administrators into one location to help enhance security.

"We want to be able to prevent any visitor from getting into our classrooms. We want to be able to contain any visitor that comes into one entrance," said Daugherty.

Daugherty said that can be a challenge right now with 42 exterior doors and visitors needing to be in different parts of the school.

But that's just one need.

Daugherty said the building itself is becoming a health concern for some students.

"We've tried to up keep these facilities, but now we have leaks that are going into the classrooms. Now we have classrooms when they are heated get up to 80 and 85," he said.

Daugherty said the district is looking at construction options which could include renovations or tearing down the school and building new; keeping the current auditorium, gym and field house.

School officials are also considering an additional referendum that would pay for teacher raises and adding two full time school resource officers.

Something parents like Chrystal Miller don't mind paying extra for.

"It's been needed to be addressed for quite sometime. Their salaries are pretty low compared to some of the things they deal with day in and day out," Miller said.

The process is still early, the HCCSC board hasn't decided how much money to ask for in these possible referendums.

The board plans to decide if it will move forward with the referendums by the end of the month.

HCCSC is hosting two meetings Wednesday and Thursday for people to ask more questions of school leaders. They are happening inside the Huntington North High School (door 3) 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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