Union Grove High School building

Union Grove High School 

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RACINE COUNTY — Union Grove High School officials are set to hold a community listening session at 7 tonight at the high school, 3433 S. Colony Ave.

The Union Grove High School District plans to hold a referendum on Nov. 7 for a proposed $7.85 million loan to fund upgrades to high school facilities.

According to a document at www.ug.k12.wi.us/referendum2017, the current tax rate of 43 cents per $100 in valuation would remain through 2038. The current debt from the 1997 referendum would be retired by 2021-22.

The proposed project’s largest line item is for a $2.8 million agriculture building with two classrooms, a laboratory and a 2,800-square-foot greenhouse.

The project also would include $1.8 million to upgrade technology education facilities, including replacing outdated machinery, lighting and HVAC mechanical equipment, purchasing CNC lathes and CNC mills and developing a fabrication lab for robotics and model building.

The rest of the loan breakdown:

$745,000 for a 4,000-square-foot addition to the south side of the large gymnasium and to convert the current fitness/weight room into two classrooms.

$735,000 for three new art classrooms above the physical education addition.

$685,000 for boiler, controls and alarm upgrades.

$650,000 for biology, chemistry and science lab upgrades.

$250,000 for parking expansion.

$185,000 for health, choir, prep and storage.

Should the referendum pass, official plan on breaking ground in January 2018 and completing construction in time for the 2018-19 school year.

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