(Batesville, Ind.) - With a growing student population Batesville Community Schools leaders say there is a growing need for space.
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The district tried to get voters to approve a $28 million referendum to expand and improve facilities in November 2009 but it failed. The project included items taxpayers considered luxuries like a swimming pool for the high school and an updated auditorium.
According to the Indiana Department of Education, the district had enrollment of 2,095 students in 2009-10, up from 1,899 in 2005.
Superintendent Jim Roberts and school board members are now revisiting the building study, which will likely be downsized. During a June 10 meeting, Roberts explained that the district could bypass the ballot box and put the building project to remonstrance – a process where members of the public could petition to have the project stopped.
The remonstrance caps project sizes at $10 million for a single building or $12 for combined building projects.
Board members plan to discuss the issue further at their next board meeting Monday, July 19.