Vandalism and accusations are running wild at DC West Community School District. After voters in November failed to pass a $45.8-million bond issue signs within the district have been vandalized and there are accusations the district purposely planted mold in the buildings so the next bond issue would pass.
Superintendent Melissa Poloncic says she too heard those accusations which are false. “She says this has been a very heated issue and many people are concerned about the affordability of the bond issue. She says there are some facts that can’t be ignored. She says there are fire safety violations and electrical and plumbing problems needed to be brought up to code.
Poloncic says, “We have some code violations that are looking me in the face on September 16th. The results on the 15th depends on how we attack those. I have to meet with the fire marshal in September and I have to have a plan of action. We have millions of dollars we have to find somehow.”
Poloncic says unfortunately if the bond doesn’t pass they will have to dip into general funds to make the repairs and possibly cut programs.
Voters within the district will decide a new bond issue on September 15th. Part one, or Plan A totals $38.85-million that is slated for building renovations and campus realignment. Plan B totals $7.1-million and would be used for a new gym, locker room and educational upgrades.