The Perry School District knows their facilities need a great deal of work. However, they also know it can’t all be done overnight.
With that in mind, the District has worked on a three-year plan to utilize the Statewide Penny for Infrastructure (SAVE) tax and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for District-wide improvement projects. Superintendent Clark Wicks presented the plan to the School Board at their most recent meeting. “It’s a major facility project idea. The largest item on there would be the industrial tech building. We need to do something with that facility to give it more room. We have a number of kids that are (involved in) industrial tech, and the two teachers do a great job with that. And that is estimated at $1.5 to $2 million. I mean that’s a big one. So there’s a number of items that need to be looked at. This is a three-year plan, and this would come out of our SAVE and PPEL, and not our general fund.”
Other projects in the three-year plan include: carpet and painting projects in the elementary; renovations to the middle school’s family and consumer sciences workspace; repairs to the high school gymnasium floor; school bus replacements; LED lighting installation for each building; and the Dewey Field renovation. Wicks says the budget is currently tight for the District, as they face a $650,000 deficit, but he’s confident they will have the funds to implement the plan and that it will make Perry stronger in the long run.
To learn more about this and other Perry School District topics, listen to Tuesday’s Perry Fareway Let’s Talk Dallas County program at RaccoonValleyRadio.com.