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Bond election Saturday for proposed PG elementary

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Early voting ended Tuesday for Pleasant Grove ISD voters to decide whether they want to fund the construction of a new elementary school.

School officials say more than 350 ballots have already been cast by voters.

Election day is on Saturday, May 10th.

Voters will choose whether they're "For" or "Against" the issuance of bonds in the amount of $16.6 million to build a new elementary campus near Bringle Lake.

"This will allow us to prepare for growth if there is a rapid increase in enrollment," said PGISD Superintendent Todd Williams.

Williams says the current school for Pre-K through 2nd grade was built in the 1950's and has undergone several renovations, including an expansion in the late 90's.

There are about 525 students at Pleasant Grove Elementary on Richmond Road. School officials say it's time for a more modern, safer campus.

"We're in a really good place financially to do this, and it's only going to cost a two cent increase on the tax rate," said Williams.

If the bond is approved, the new elementary campus will accommodate nearly 700 students.

"We're definitely in a desperate need of a bond election" said Jay Davis, PGISD Trustee.

The proposed school would be built on nearly 17 acres near Bringle Lake.

Davis is concerned that the location could become a tax burden in the future.

"Personally, I think it's the best location we own right now. I would have loved for another location to have come up in our search. We searched more than 12 locations," explained Davis.

The bond issue is projected to raise taxes about $37 annually on the average Pleasant Grove home.

"We just feel like that is a small amount to ask for and small amount to pay for the future of our students," said Williams.

The total cost of the proposed school is about $17.4 million.

Any additional money for construction will come from the district's fund balance.

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