Monday evening a few dozen people made their way to Walton Rural Life Center to get a tour of the school campus and learn about what about $11 million of a proposed $61 million bond issue might be spent on.
Those taking the tour were able to see the entire building and campus, including a barn where livestock is raised and temporary classrooms that have been in place for several years. Those temporary classrooms are in a building that leaks during rain.
Tours also visited the school gymnasium/cafeteria, classrooms, the school library, computer room and special classrooms throughout the building. Tour participants were also able to meet with principals from other buildings to ask questions about what would be happening elsewhere in the district if the bond is approved. The Newton Board of Education is recommending an $11 million renovation and expansion of the campus and building as part of a bond issue that will be voted on Nov. 7.
Renovations include additional classrooms to expand the school to a kindgerten through grade five — the school is currently kindergarten through grade four — a new gymnasium that will be a FEMA-rated storm shelter and changes to the building entrance to make it more secure.
A similar walking tour is planned for Newton High School. The high school tour is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, starting at the Media Center at Newton High School.