Bond Money Promised for Much-needed School Improvements

Changes are on the way for several area schools, thanks to $61 million. Tuesday the Leon County School Board approved the bond money that will pave the way for several school improvement projects.

A common site at Rickards High School, broken windows, cracked walls and old pipes decorating classrooms.

With a school like Rickards on its last leg, what do you do? Rebuild or renovate?

Plus there isn't much of a market for an old high school.

Tuesday the Leon County School board approved $61 million in bonds, $7 million of that is slated for Rickards unlocking the door to a new start.

So far, 24 classes at Rickards have been replaced, but most of the schools 90 classroom need to be.

However, department of education standards only allow six buildings to be replaced, the gym and band room are two of them. By moving forward with bonds, school officials hope to complete fifty percent of their capitol outlay projects in two years.

For Rickrds high school, that's music to the ears. The half-cent sales tax will be used to pay back the $61 million in bonds.