Rock Creek approves 1 school bond

By Paul Harris

Residents of Rock Creek USD No. 323 voted 297-231 Tuesday to increase the number of classrooms, the number of bleachers to its gym and football stadium, and to build a separate strength and conditioning room.

At the same time, voters also decided to not build a baseball/softball complex.

USD 323 Supt. Darrell Stufflemean said property owners would pay $2.57 million of the overall $4.4 million project. The remainder will be provided through state funding. Stufflebeam added that property taxes for the owner of a $100,000 house would increase by $29.56.

St. George Elementary has seen increased enrollment over the last six to seven years. Five new classrooms will be built at St. George, which will increase the capacity of the school by 125 students. The three new classrooms at Rock Creek Junior Senior High School will increase building capacity by 90 students. The additions at Rock Creek ate “to prepare for the eventual need for a few more core teachers…as those larger classes from St. George start to reach Rock Creek,” Stufflebeam said.

There will be a 500-seat addition to the school’s gymnasium and a 700-seat addition to the school’s football stadium.

Voters decided against the baseball-softball complex proposal, which would have cost close to $4 million. The vote on that measure was 228 in favor and 299 against. Both the Rock Creek softball and baseball teams made the 3A state tournament.

Community recreation teams would have been able to use the new fields.

Stufflebeam said there would be a few additional maintenance issues covered in the $4.4 million, including repaving parking lots at St. George Elementary and the junior-senior high school.

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