School leaders in Monticello are hoping the third time's a charm for a referendum to update their facilities.
Two prior referendums have failed in the community as the district seeks to update school buildings that are, in some cases, over 100 years old. Dr. Vic Zimmerman says they're proposing an almost $30-million renovation to their current high school and Washington School campus.
Under the proposal, Lincoln School would close and the district would go to two elementary schools. Dr. Zimmerman says this proposal is different from the first two proposals in that there is no proposal for a new school building.
Dr. Zimmerman feels the district needs new facilities as their current facilities do not match up to the level education happening in the district nor does it meet the standards of students and families in the district.
Buildings in Monticello were constructed in 1893, 1911, 1921, and 1923 and a new middle school was constructed in 2003.