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A rendering of the new Union City gym that will be on the table in a Aug. 26 bond issue.

By Jon Watje
Managing Editor 

Residents in the Union City School District will decide the fate of a bond issue that could result in a new gymnasium. The $7.2 million bond election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26. 

"Union City really needs a new gym," said Union City Superintendent Todd Carel. "Our current gym was built in 1961 and we are one of the only schools in the area that have just one gym."

Carel said having only one gymnasium makes it a challenge to accommodate all the PE classes and ball games.

"We have ball games, physical education classes and numerous assemblies on that floor all the time," he said. "During basketball season it can be a challenge to have our junior girls and boys practice with the high school kids in the same gym. They have to take turns at who gets the gym after school. A new gym would provide a more favorable time for our basketball teams to practice and would also cause less wear and tear on our old gym."

Carel said basketball would not be the only sport that would benefit from the new gym.

"Our girls volleyball team plays games starting in August, so it is still very hot," he said. "The new gym would be air conditioned and would also include an indoor hitting facility for baseball and softball. There would also be a weight room."

The current gym seats approximately 300. The new gym would seat 800, Carel said.

"The old gym would still be used as a practice gym for junior high and high school and for physical education classes," he said.

The bond issue would also provide improvements to Union City’s new softball field and would also construct a sloped metal roofing system to every building in the district that has a flat roof.

"The bond issue would put the finishing touches on our new softball field," Carel said. "Compared to many schools, we already have a nice field, but with covered seating, better dugouts and concrete sidewalks, we could really have a top-notch facility for our girls. Also, the roof on the high school is about 20 years old and requires maintenance. It just makes good sense to go with a sloped metal roof as opposed to a flat roof and it would also really beautify our campus."

To pay for the bond issue, property taxes would be used in the district. If your previous tax amount was $100, the annual increase would be $9.98 ($0.83 a month).

A community meeting will be held Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the high school media center to discuss the bond issue. On Aug. 26, all regular polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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