The South Sanpete School District has authorized the sale of $1.5 million in general obligation bonds to finance a major building program that will help cope with overcrowding at two schools.

The money will pay for a six-classroom addition at Gunnison Valley High School and a gymnasium/four-classroom addition at the Ephraim Middle School.The bond issue will not require a tax increase but will prolong the pay-off period of the district's bonded indebtedness, according to Paul Gottfredson, district business manager.

A delegation of Gunnison Valley patrons recently met with the school board to recommend that instead of proceeding with the plan for additions to the two schools, the district build a new high school and convert the present high school building to use as a middle school.

Gunnison Valley High School is now a six-year school, they pointed out, and Gunnison Valley Elementary School is at capacity.