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Appendix B Page Two
Bids for the three schools combined are 6 million dollars, and the estimated maintenance and upkeep (for all three schools combined) is expected to be 5 million dollars over the next ten years.
Currently, Hometown has 20 elementary schools (grades K-6) and 6 high schools that include junior high (grades 7-12). There are 5 elementary schools located in the north and northeast wards (10 total). The remaining schools are equally distributed in all but the south and central ward. The high schools are located in the Northeast (2), Northwest (1), North (1), and Southwest (1) and Southeast (1) wards.
Children are assigned to their respective elementary and high schools based on a map that divides the city into 20 school districts for the elementary students and six districts for the high school students. For students that live farther than 1 mile from school a bus service is provided. Elementary students from the south ward must be bused as well as about 25 percent of the high school students in all wards. The additional high school and two elementary schools are expected to eliminate virtually all busing in the city.
The superintendent estimates that the elimination of busing (except for handicapped students) will save the city approximately $550,000 a year. Sale of the used school buses to other school districts in the state is expected to provide a one time benefit of $200,000. Personnel currently involved in the busing system are expected to be offered jobs at the new high school and elementary schools as staff members.
The superintendent has estimated that each new elementary school, after considering the new student population and the students no longer being bused will have 3 classrooms at every grade level. The new high school will only require 2 classrooms at every grade level.
In addition, each high school will require a principal, 4 vice principals, each grade school requires a principal and 1 vice principal. Each school requires the necessary staff (secretaries, janitors, cafeteria help, etc.). Current estimates indicated that the high school will need 8 full time secretaries, 8 full time janitors, and 9 full time cafeteria help. Each elementary school will need 4 secretaries, 4 janitors, and 5 cafeteria help. The new elementary schools require 25 full time teachers each and the high school requires 60 full time teachers.
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