Although the South Rock Creek school district is still paying off their last bond issue, the school needs a new facility and technology upgrades to accommodate a growing student body. Therefore, the school will hold a bond election in November, Superintendent Ken Leone said.


Although the South Rock Creek school district is still paying off their last bond issue, the school needs a new facility and technology upgrades to accommodate a growing student body. Therefore, the school will hold a bond election in November, Superintendent Ken Leone said.

The bond election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The district wants to build an early childhood development center and make upgrades to its computer lab.

The school has experienced an increase in enrollment over the last two years and Leone expects the trend to continue, which is why the school is asking for a five-year bond worth $725,000.

The bonds will be used to build a $625,000 early childhood development center that will have two kindergarten classes and two pre-kindergarten class.

“We could have had two pre-k classes this past year if we had the classroom space,” Leone said.“The reason we are trying to pass the bond issue is that our enrollment has increased over 50 students over the last two years.”

South Rock Creek has approximately 390 students enrolled in the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade schools but they only have enough computers to accommodate 20 students at a time, Leone said. The remaining $100,000 of the bond will go toward upgrading the computer lab to laptop computers and provide each classroom with a laptop.

The school also wants to upgrade to a faster internet service. The school is still currently on a dial-up modem, Leone said.

“We want to go completely wireless,” he said. “Technology is the way we are going and we just need to upgrade that.”

South Rock Creek’s last bond issue was a five-year bond for $185,000 used for renovations at the school, which will be paid off in May 2012.

The new bond will be for the maximum amount available to the school district, Leone said.

Taxes will increase if the new bond passes the first year, but taxes will decrease every year the bonds are paid off, Leone said.

Even though taxes will be raised, the school needs the new facility and technology upgrades, Leone said.

“We hope to continue to grow and we think we will. We just really need the classroom space,” Leone said.