BERLIN - An $18.7 million school referendum question will soon be on the ballot for residents in the Berlin School District.
Voters will be asked to approve a number of building projects, including a brand new middle school.
What are voters saying about the referendum?
From the rusty door frames, to the paper wrapped pipes, Berlin Area School District Superintendent Bob Eidahl says the Berlin Middle School has seen better days.
"This is the crack in the wall," said Bob Eidahl, Berlin Area School District Superintendent.
Eidahl and middle school principal Rick Hammes showed FOX 11 News what they call the trouble spots.
"We had some bracing put in that the engineers guaranteed only last two years, after that, good luck," said Rick Hammes, Berlin Middle School Principal.
District officials say a committee looked at renovation, but opted for a whole new building next to the high school.
"This red area would actually be the add on for the middle school, and then the bus turnaround for all three buildings would be here in the center," said Eidahl.
Eidahl says the referendum also calls for improvements to high school security, and an expansion to Clay Lamberton Elementary School.
"There are some important factors for this project, because it is shared space, and saves dollars," said Eidahl.
The district says timing of the referendum couldn't be better. The nearly 20-year-old high school will be paid off next year. The district estimates the owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay $21 more a year in school property taxes.
At the Berlin Family Restaurant, voter opinion is mixed.
"I think they should go for it. As I told you, I graduated from that school in 1948, that's pretty old," said Marian Weber, Berlin.
"We own a house, taxes are high now. No, I'm not for it," said Joan Keller, Berlin.
"The need is there, and it's going to be there until the community decides, you know, it's time, we need to do something for our students," said Hammes.
Voters will decide on October 15th.
The district superintendent says this is the first school referendum since voters approved building the current high school, 18 years ago.
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