Angel McRae
Duchesne County School Board meeting, Thursday, March 8, 2012.

ROOSEVELT — The Duchesne County School board held a master building plan hearing Thursday at Roosevelt Junior High School to work out details on a new bond.

The proposed bond would increase its community property taxes by about $52 a year, according to Duchesne County School Board President Kim Harding,

Officials gave the public, which was scarce in attendance, a copy of the master plan timeline and schedule as a topic of discussion.

East Elementary is scheduled to be renovated during the summer and ready for school to begin for the 2012-2013 school year. In order to give contractors ample time to complete the project the board scheduled a building meeting for April 4, 2012 to review construction bids.

During the hearing, there was discussion of a future Duchesne County recreation center that would occupy what is now the Union High School. It was stated that Duchesne County School Board would donate that building and its land for the new recreation center after construction on a new Union High School is completed in 2018.

"The board needs the funding of the new bond in 2014," Board President Kim Harding stated,” If that bond doesn't go through there will be portable classrooms in Roosevelt."

When asked how the school board was going to regain the trust of the public, the board was optimistic in its plans to move forward with it's proposals. It was decided that they would work to better educate the public on the district's plans.

One gentleman in attendance asked the board if the new bond would be enough to cover the planned expenses. He said he believed it would be a good idea to increase the bond by 10 percent to ensure they didn't run out of money.

The plan includes building two new elementary schools — one in Duchesne and one in Roosevelt — before construction begins on the new, $50 million high school for Union students.

Angel McRae is a full-time USU student and mother of five.