“Children are up here at 7, 8 o’clock at night trying to practice basketball. When they ought to be settling down with bath and bed,” said Terry Belcher, LCSD Superintendent.
The gym was built back in 1959, when it was only used for two basketball teams. Now it is home to basketball and volleyball teams for the Walnut Ridge elementary, middle, and high school.
To alleviate the stress of the gym the Lawrence County School District is looking to get a millage increase to help fund the construction of a new gym. The increase would be for 2.9 mills.
“On a $75,000 assessment (which is 20% of your value) it would cost $40 dollars a year. Which was not going to be a lot of money. It’s still $40 but in the big scheme of things it wouldn’t be a lot and it would raise a little over 4 million dollars over the course of time,” added Belcher.
There will be a special election to decide the fate of the increase on August 14th.
As of now, a little more than 100 people have come out to vote for the special election. Workers within the county clerk’s office are hopeful that more people will show up before Tuesday.
“Of course, it’s a special election some people are more willing to come and vote than not, considering that this is about taxes and everybody is concerned with taxes,” said Sarah Masterson, Deputy Clerk of Lawrence County.
The money from the increase would go to building a new gym, safe room, and softball and baseball complex. Superintendent belcher encourages all residents living in the district to make time to visit the polls.
“Just please go vote. Think of the school. Think of the kids.”
The special election will be Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM.