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home : schools : byron school news May 22, 2015

5/27/2014 10:45:00 AM
Contractor chosen for new school
School board approves construction manager bid, proposal for contract

By David Richards

The Byron school board approved a contractor for the new school that will house pre-kindergarten through second grades and open for the 2016-2017 school year.

At its May 19 meeting, the board unanimously approved the naming of Knutson Construction Services out of Rochester to head the building of Byron's newest facility.

"The preparation they brought forward was like they were ready to go," said Faith Hollasch about the presentation made by Knutson.

Unlike the bond for the new high school that failed in 2002 and passed two years later, this bond passed on the first try.

District officials have said a new school is important for two reasons:

1) All-day every day kindergarten begins in the near future for Byron and 2) The district is growing.

All-day every day kindergarten will kick off for the 2014-2015 school year, while resident growth is expected to increase between 16.7 and 20.3 percent in the next decade.

The new school will be built on the same site as Byron Elementary School.

At the April 22 board meeting, the board approved the sale of bonds for the new facility, which came in at 3.4533 percent, lower than the 4.22 estimate.

What that means for taxpayers is that for a home valued at $175,000, the tax increase went from $98 to $72 annually.

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