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Rotary gets update on JPS bond issue


Rob Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools, spoke at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Jamestown Rotary Club. Rotarian Carrie Orn joined Lech in the presentation. A citizens committee has been meeting for the last 18 months on making recommendations on improving JPS. DLR Group out of Minneapolis and Consolidated Construction Company were also involved in making recommendations.

Lech said education has drastically changed in the last decade with technology and a much different workforce. Although the school system has a building fund it will not cover all the needs of the school system. Enrollment studies indicate a 2 percent growth in enrollment over the next several years. A firm plan for Washington School is in this plan. He said if the school was closed the football field couldn’t be kept or vice versa. The Washington School area is prime real estate and could be developed for housing, he said. JPS will seek voter approval of a $34.44 million referendum to make needed facility improvements. A $100,000 home would see an annual tax impact of $160.70, a $100,000 commercial property would see $178.56 and an average acre of agricultural land would have a tax impact of $1.31.

Austin Bauer presided over the meeting. Shirley Jackson gave the invocation, and Doug Frohlich collected “Happy Dollars” to benefit club projects. Katie Andersen with Mark Reeves on the piano led the singing. K.C. DeBoer informed the club that this would be his last meeting as he is moving to Aberdeen, S.D. He has already joined the Rotary Club there.

Eric Weber will introduce today’s program. Dave Smette will have the invocation. Sean Johnson will be the song leader and will collect “Happy Dollars.”