BIC - what is next
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Buffalo Island School District patrons voted down a proposed 9 mill tax to build a new combined campus on Highway 18 at the Craighead/Mississippi County line, but the district's first effort will not be its last.
BIC superintendent Gaylon Taylor said it is going to be his recommendation to the BIC school board at the Sept. 23 meeting that a community educational committee be formed. If approved by the board the educational committee will look for another option for the current problems the district faces with facilities.
Taylor said he would be going before the state board on Oct. 1 to explain why he feels the millage failed. More public meetings will be held in the future but Taylor wants an educational committee to come up with possible solutions first. If the solution is two campuses, Taylor would still like to see safe rooms at both locations, an auditorium and other needed facility improvements.
"We still want to provide the best education possible for our kids," Taylor said.
The proposal for the new combined Pre K-12 grade facility was brought about by faculty recommendation, community input and the district's need to provide more technology, classroom space and replace buildings that are in dire need of major repair such as the junior high. Taylor said he is still not in favor of putting "band-aids," on old facilities. He said the district will weigh out all options before bringing a new proposal to voters.