HARROD — Allen East schools is planning an expansion project to alleviate overcrowding at the middle school and accommodate new programming.
But the timing of the project, which is projected to cost upwards of $4 million, could confuse voters who are being asked to convert an existing levy the district adopted in 1994 into a permanent levy.
The Allen East Board of Education on Tuesday hosted a special meeting to ensure voters know the middle school expansion project is unrelated to the levy, which generates $300,000 each year to support operating expenses like salaries, benefits and utilities.
With voter approval, that 2.27-mill levy would no longer need to be renewed every five years.
“Our fear was the building expansion was going to collide with the levy, and some people get confused,” Superintendent Mel Rentschler said on Tuesday, explaining that the district has already saved for the expansion project with separate funds.
Allen East added its middle school building in 2007, but junior-high class sizes have grown since that time. The expansion would help alleviate overcrowding, bringing class sizes back down to 18-20 students per class, and allow the district to upgrade its STEM lab and other programming, Rentschler said.