Posted October 05, 2019 05:06:20The MonroEVille Community School District (MCSD) will be holding a public hearing Wednesday at the Monroe County Courthouse for a proposed $1.5 million bond package for the Monros Community College District.
The district is seeking $3.5M in state and local funds to address the need for additional school buildings.
The Monroe Community College district, founded in 1881, is a regional institution that serves nearly 1,000 students from the area and around the state.
The MonroEville Community Schools Board of Trustees has the authority to approve bond measures for public schools.
The school district has been operating a community college for over a century.
Its first district school opened in 1892.
Since then, the school district’s campuses have grown into some of the best in the state, and the community college has become the region’s largest employer.
In 2015, the district had more than 14,000 full-time students, more than 3,400 part-time and more than 1,100 full-year students.
The board’s decision to make the bond proposal was not a surprise.
In a statement issued Thursday, the board said it was committed to maintaining MonroAville’s academic excellence, its unique community character and the stability of the Monrocas education system.
“MonroEvilles community colleges have been the primary provider of quality instruction and academic resources to its students,” the statement said.
“The Monrocases community colleges are strong employers that have provided a foundation for economic growth in the community.
We look forward to continuing to work with the Monross and MonroMores communities to help the community thrive and achieve its long-term vision.”
A community college would add $1M to the Monroscas budget, and there are other potential funding sources.
The board has also said it wants to provide additional financial aid to students who may have been impacted by the school closures.