One site would cost River Ridge roughly $10 million

Editor’s note: The following includes corrected information from the Monday, July 14, Courier Press article.

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge School Board is taking steps toward moving all of its students under one roof in Patch Grove. The Courier Press reported in Monday’s edition, about the board’s July 9 meeting, that the school board voted, 5-2, to have a resolution drafted in time for its Aug. 23 meeting, calling for a Nov. 4, 2014, referendum, on the one-site option. The Patch Grove location currently has a bigger building, more land and newer updates than the Bloomington site.

Also in Monday’s article, the cost of putting all operations in Patch Grove was provided imprecisely. The actual cost would be around $10 million—$8.5 million to fix up the facilities as they stand plus roughly $1.5 million to move the football field and track there.

Following up its July 9 move toward a resolution, the school board and a small gathering of the public met for a special meeting Monday night, July 14. The possibilities of a larger agriculture shop and additional parking in Patch Grove were discussed, among other things.

The next meeting of the board will be July 30 at River Ridge High School. At that time, the group will consider removing items a la carte from the one-site project proposal, on which the contractor will eventually bid.

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