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Group pitches $5.5 million community center to school board

January 18, 2019

Freedom Bank President Don Bennett again pitched a new community center and Boys and Girls Club facility to the School District 6 School Board Monday night.

This time, however, the club came prepared with conceptual drawings of the building and a budget. The club first pitched the idea a year ago, but it was put on hold until the school district could figure out its expansion needs for its elementary schools. Now those plans are taking shape and the club could fit in nicely with an expansion project at Ruder Elementary.

The club is hoping to swing a deal with the school district to build the 320,000.

By 2021, it projects it will have a budget of about 177,000.

It’s expected it will cost about 200,000 annually to operate the facility. The school board made no decision on the project, but is expected to take it up at its February meeting.

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