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Committee Will Promote New Illini West Building

Sep 11, 2012

The Illini West School District will put a nine-million dollar bond issue before voters November 6th. If approved, it would pay for the district's share of construction of a new high school building.

Superintendent Kim Schilson says a steering committee has begun organizing to promote the bond issue.

She says, “That's one of the things they'll be working on. Forming their committees and getting organized as to exactly how they're going to attack the referendum issue. I know there will be FACT newsletters going out. That'll be the first thing.”

The new high school would be built just east of the current site in Carthage. Cost of the new building is estimated at $27 million. The Illinois State Board of Education will pay for 68% of the construction costs.

The district does not have a permanent home of its own; it leases a building from the Carthage Elementary School District.

Amy Graham and Robert Clifton are the co-chairs of the steering committee.