Juneau Assembly approves $837,000 for school design

Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly has approved $837,000 for design funding for a Mendenhall Valley high school.

The Assembly, which voted 7-2 Monday in favor of the bond funding, last month decided to forward a $60.8 million design for a new Mendenhall Valley school to voters, after turning down a city proposal for a smaller, $50 million school.

Under current plans, voters would be asked to issue $12.6 million in general obligation bonds for the new high school at a special election June 3.

The $60.8 million school would serve 1,100 students at first and could expand to fit 1,500 students. Voters approved about $49 million for the project in 1999 and 2001.

Assembly member Marc Wheeler said it would be up to the school district, not the Assembly, to adjust the project if voters don't approve the bigger $60.8 million school package.

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