Library and music rooms to find temporary home in Brewery Arts Center

After being plagued with shortage of classroom space since the discovery of toxic mold at Bordewich-Bray Elementary School, officials are now singing a brighter tune.

The Brewery Arts Center has agreed to house the library and music classes in the basement of its Performance Hall, the old St. Teresa Church.

"We feel that we have a good solution," said Superintendent Mary Pierczynski. "We can solve our problems and support the community."

The school district will pay the arts center $4,000 a month in rent -- the same it would cost to rent portable buildings.

"But instead of our money going to some company in California, it will stay here in Carson City," Pierczynski said.

The contract is set to be discussed at the school board meeting Tuesday.

If approved, students will cross Thompson Street to attend music classes or to visit the library.

"For the kids in the Bordewich building, it will be about the same distance or a little less than it was to the modulars," Pierczynski said. "The Bray teachers will have a bit more to go with their students."

The five portable classrooms on the school's campus were discovered to be infested with three types of toxic mold in November.

Programs and classes -- including the library and music -- were displaced to various empty spaces including a storage closet and the garage.

District officials will ask voters to approve a $3.75 million bond in November to replace the portable classrooms with a permanent addition to the Bordewich building.

Board members will also review the wording of the bond question at Tuesday's meeting. If passed, the bond would not raise taxes.

If you go:

What: Carson City School Board meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Carson City Community Center, Sierra Room

Proposed bond question:

Shall Carson City School District be authorized to issue up to $3,750,000 of general obligation bonds for the purpose of creating safer and more efficient schools by improving, acquiring, constructing and equipping school facilities? The bonds are expected to require property tax levy for 20 years. Due the to the retirement of outstanding bonds and projected assessed value growth, passage of this question is not expected to result in an increase in the existing property tax rate levied to pay the school district's bond.


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