The Newburg Board of Education is hoping to get funding assistance from the new presidential administration for building improvements.


The Newburg Board of Education is hoping to get funding assistance from the new presidential administration for building improvements.
“I don’t know how well in-tune you are politically,” Superintendent Mike Bumgarner asked rhetorically at the last Board of Education meeting.
Bumgarner said the Obama administration is signaling that it plans to include improvements to schools as apart of it economic stimulus package.
This would be good news for Newburg Schools if it were to receive money for improvements.
According to Board President Ron Smith, this is something that the board has been discussing for two years.
Included in the plan for building improvements is the possibility of the construction of a new high school,  Smith said.
Currently, the school district has hired an architect to determine whether it would be cheaper to build a new high school than to renovate, with items such as an elevator, the current high school.
“In our estimation it would be more expensive (to renovate),” Smith said. He added that it will depend on what the architect presents.
“The whole idea is to have things camera-ready in case someone turns on the green light and have something to send in,” Bumgarner said.
Another possibility to raise the money that may be needed would be through a bond issue.
Smith wanted to stress, though, if that route was chosen it would not come before the citizens of Newburg until early 2010.
“When the economy is down, voter turnout is down, and we don’t want them to vote it down because of economics,” Smith said.
Also at the meeting the board reviewed the increase in its Umbrella liability insurance.
When the board approved the budget, it approved an increase from $2.5 million to $10 million, according to Smith.
“Both you and I know that lawsuits are settled for way more then ($2.5 million),” Smith said.
The insurance, according to Bumgarner, includes school district actions, accidents, employer liability, omissions and errors and school-board member actions.