Board votes to support Conway2012 proposal

When the Conway school district goes to voters with their Conway2012 millage proposal, they will take the support of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce with them.

At their June meeting, the Chamber board voted to endorse the Conway2012 plan. Board chair Lori Ross said not only was the additional investment needed, it was in the Chamber’s best interest. “For decades Conway Public Schools has helped drive our city’s growth. Our economy relies on the quality of our schools. This proposal will help us compete and prepares us for the next generation of excellence in public education.”

At the heart of the proposal is a 1.9 mill increase in the property tax. The increase represents an impact of less than $60 per year on the average Conway home. The plan calls for the reconstruction of the existing Conway West high school academic building and the construction of a new elementary school. The current campus was built in 1968 when district enrollment was roughly one fourth current numbers. Currently, the Conway School District has the lowest millage of any school district in Faulkner County and is in the bottom half of millage rates statewide.

The plan will set in motion an investment of more than $50 million in school facilities. The new facility at Conway West will include 85 additional classrooms and 10 science labs. The current facility has only one dedicated science lab. The additional elementary school is estimated to cost approximately $15 million.
On Sept. 13, the district will host an open house at Conway High West from 5-6:15 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the existing campus and get information about the Conway2012 proposal. The election is Sept. 21. Polling locations are The Don Owen Center on Lower Ridge Road and the McGee Center on College Avenue. Early voting will take place at the Faulkner County Courthouse Sept. 14-20.