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H-BC approves new high school

Website Graphic A color-coded architectural layout shows the proposed design for the new Hills-Beaver Creek high school building.

Voters pass $9.9 million referendum

HILLS -- Voters in the Hills-Beaver Creek school district have approved a $9.9 million bond referendum that will fund land acquisition for and construction of a new high school in Hills.

The measure gained substantial local support, with nearly 71 percent -- or 632 -- voters casting a yes vote while 261 voted no.

"It was a great response from the community," said Superintendent Dave Deragisch following the Tuesday evening vote. "They came out in strong numbers and let us know that they were interested in building the school and supporting the school."

Nearly 78 percent of registered voters headed to the polls.

The district has secured an architect and construction manager for the project, which Deragisch said could begin as early as June 1.

"If everything goes according to plan, students could start the school year there in the fall of 2011," he added.

The plans for the estimated 76,765-square-foot building located on 49 acres in northwestern Hills may need some tweaking before the project is put out for bid, but preliminary plans are available on the district's Web site at

The new building will likely feature 10 classrooms and additional specialty classrooms, a cafetorium (cafeteria-auditorium) and energy-saving technologies such as geothermal heating and cool and motion-sensored lights.

The tax impact of the project is estimated at $67 per $50,000 taxable market value per year for residential properties in the district. The school board will canvass the election results at 7 p.m. today in the high school library.