- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Canton school patrons are being asked to support a $33 million bond issue.

The $33 million will go toward improvements of two elementary schools in need of building upgrades and toward technology improvements in all schools.

The election will be held in March although no date has been announced, said schools superintendent Ike Haynes.

“We will have the opportunity to have a one-to-one initiative that everybody else has already accomplished,” Haynes told The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1ytCGcP ) referring to the Madison, Clinton and Jackson public school districts.

“It will also allow our teachers to have the very best instructional tools in every classroom,” he said.

At McNeal Elementary in the heart of Canton, the small, one-story building is surrounded by development and roads on all four sides. The school has grown by almost 200 new students in the past two years, despite the lack of space to accommodate them, Hayne said.

Several classrooms are unusable after being closed because of mold and mildew problems, and lack of parking spaces forces parents and teachers to park along the roads and at nearby businesses when attending school events. There are no sidewalks at the school for the 115 students who walk to and from school each day, Haynes said.

He said $13.9 million will be used to add a second story and make other improvements to McNeal. Another $13.9 million will be used for improvements at Canton Elementary.

He said remaining money will go toward improving technology.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com


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