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Independence breaking ground on new school


The Independence Community School District will break ground on a new $27.5 million junior-senior high school building Wednesday.

This is a pinnacle moment for the district, which has seen five bond issues for a new school fail since 2003.  A $12.48 million bond finally passed in September 2011.  The bond includes a property tax increase.  Coupled with an existing school infrastructure sales tax, it will pay for constructing the new facility.

Tuesday night during a special board meeting, the Independence School District awarded the contract for the new school construction to local Independence contractor Larson Construction, for $20,123,000.  Project alternates, furnishing the building, and budgeted emergency contingencies bring the price tag right on, or slightly under, budget.

An official groundbreaking ceremony will happen at the new school site, along 20th avenue near the current elementary buildings, starting at 5 p.m.  KWWL will be there and bring you live coverage on the news at five and six.

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