School facilities decision due tonight

The Lancaster County School Board will meet tonight, Wednesday, April 26, to decide whether to accept or reject proposed recommendations from an ad hoc school facilities committee. The committee has recommended an estimated $71 million plan to build new middle and high schools, while renovating the existing middle school to accommodate the elementary school.

Except for member Bob Smart, who wants to renovate current schools rather than build new, the school board has generally indicated support for the plan presented by the school facilities committee.

School board chairman Bob Westbrook indicated topics for consideration tonight would include whether to seek a one-cent tax increase to begin funding the school facilities, whether to file an application for a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Loan, and whether to seek a second request for proposals (RFP) to address the next step in the process.

Tonight’s session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Lancaster Public Schools Annex, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock.