Northwest Public School bonds to help build project | Grand Island Local News

The start of summer meant the start of the North West Public School’s Viking Field renovation. (Case)

Continuing the momentum of its sports complex construction project, North West Public Schools is sending the district promissory notes (2022 series) to market.

The vote was brought forward as an action item at Monday night’s regular school board meeting.

The Northwestern Public Schools Board voted unanimously to authorize the issuance of said bonds, not exceeding $995,000.

This action has been discussed by the board for months.

North West Superintendent Jeff Edwards said: ‘It’s to fund or make sure the bills are paid for dirt and lights on the football field because not all of the promised dollars are on hand. for the moment.”

Northwest embarked on a project to renovate Viking Field and add athletic facilities. The “Charting Our Future” campaign has been publicly seeking donations and seeking grants for several months.

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The upgrades will all be located on the high school campus, but available to all grades, according to school officials.

Turf and lighting have been identified as essential elements of the Viking Field project, The Independent reported in June.

Part of the motivation behind the Viking Field renovation is turf safety, officials said. In May, the district school board accepted an offer for the turf on the field not to exceed $1.313 million (Nemaha Sports Construction of Lincoln).

The council also accepted an offer for $320,800 in field lighting from Ensley Electric. Due to lighting issues, Northwest struggled to hold nighttime home games.

Some elements initially included in the ambitious project were abandoned and others only put on hold, with construction and materials costing the culprits dearly.

Funds from the obligations decided on Monday evening should be available to Northwest on or around October 15, Edwards said.

Edwards told The Independent that COVID-19 relief funds are ineligible and therefore will not be used for renovations to Viking Field or the sports complex.

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The budget was approved unanimously, as was the tax request. The general fund tax claim is $7,625,500 and the building special fund claim is $378,750. The valuation of the North West Public School District rose 3.6%. The tax rate will be 0.752009 per $100 of assessed value, a decrease from last year.

Public hearings on levies and the budget were held on Monday evening, before the regular session meeting.

Jessica Votipka is an education reporter at the Grand Island Independent. She can be reached at 308-381-5420.