November 30, 2016

The Carroll School Board has set a special meeting to determine how much, if any, financing the district would contribute toward the proposed athletic complex.

The board will meet at noon Thursday in the conference room at Adams Elementary School where, along with determining finance, it will discuss public-use policy for the complex and determine the ballot language for the physical plant and equipment levy.

The current estimated price tag for the project is $6.2 million.

At its regular meeting Nov. 21, the board discussed options ranging from $750,000 to $2 million through a combination of borrowing against sales-tax funds and saving general funds over the next two to three years.

The idea of paying $1.7 million for the new turf field and track was also considered at the regular meeting.

If the new stadium is built, it will feature a 2,000-seat bleacher for home fans on the west side of the field and another 750 seats on the east side for visitors. Concessions, restrooms, locker rooms and storage would all be placed underneath the seating.

The Kuemper School Board has yet to commit any funding toward the project, but members have publicly stated that the board is amenable to contributing.

“The (Kuemper) board is definitely open to it, and optimistic about working with your board to help do anything we can to get this passed,” Kuemper board member Jair Mayhall told the Carroll Board last week.

The board must notify the Carroll County auditor’s office by Dec. 23 if it wishes to place the issue on the ballot for a special election on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The bond would require a simple majority to pass.

Thursday’s meeting is open to the public, though no time has been set aside for public comment.