As we reported last month, Sheridan College is implementing a public outreach effort on a proposal to renovate and expand the Technical Education Center at Sheridan College. The college's current technical center was completed in 1977 and officials say the building is in need of repairs and upgrades.
In this week's poll question, we're asking residents if they would support a bond issue to expand the tech center at the college. The results so far are nearly tied, with those who voted "no" nudging slightly ahead. Sheridan College President Paul Young says he's optimistic that the community is at least considering the proposal.
When asked if the expansion item, currently a proposed bond issue that would raise property taxes, could instead use a capital facilities tax, Young says the possibility of that alternative looks unrealistic at this point.
Officials with the college say expansion of the building could potentially quadruple enrollment in welding, diesel and machine tool technology programs. Investment banking firm George K. Baum & Co. began conducting a needs assessment on the project in March, and will be followed by community outreach efforts and public comment. If the college decides to put a tax measure on the ballot, campaign efforts in support of any potential measure would be next.