Grafton Elementary School has been settling into the ground, causing flooding in the basement.

It is a problem that the school district would like to address sooner rather than later, which is why it is one of the major projects highlighted in the latest proposed referendum.

With spring elections less than two months away, the Grafton School Board began their campaign to pass the $39.93 million referendum with a presentation to the general public on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the John Long Middle School library.

School Superintendent Jeff Nelson, Director of Business Services Topher Adams, and other members of the board laid out the major plans for the referendum before voters decide on April 4.

With GES closing, students from that school would be housed at either Kennedy or Woodview Elementary, both of which will undergo renovations to accommodate more students. That would also mean that one principal position would be eliminated, though the board did not elaborate which principal would be let go.

Other plans include smoother traffic flow at all schools, new classrooms and gymnasium at Kennedy and Woodview, and renovations to several department facilities at Grafton High School.

Those in attendance responded positively to the referendum. Andy and Julie Matthai, who send their three children to school in the district, felt that the school board addressed the issues that they noticed.

"I feel good about the plans for school security, as well as the extra facility space," said Julie Matthai.

Nelson was pleased with the opportunity to present the plans to ensure clear communication and understanding.

"Transparency is essential when you have a community that supports the works of our public schools," said Nelson. "We listened to the feedback from the previous referendum and we feel confident about having addressed the concerns of the district at a reasonable cost."

The school board will host two more referendum presentations, on March 15 at Grafton High School and March 20 at Woodview Elementary School.

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