Certified Facilities Master Planner Marilyn Stroup, who has been working with the district for nearly a year, said the board is leaning toward building a new two-story high school on the site of the current Deming High School.
The construction would occur in phases, utilizing present facilities and possibly bringing in additional portable buildings as portions of the existing school are demolished.
The working plan includes repurposing the Hofacket building and keeping the school facilities currently located off Florida Street, including the maintenance department, in their current locations.
The plan also includes building a new intermediate school on a different site, and utilizing the current site to support the new high school – possibly as parking for sports facilities. The site for the new sixth-grade school has not been decided.
Stroup said the state Public School Capital Outlay Council is prepared to pay $56.2 million of the over-$83 million combined project, providing voters approve a general obligation bond for the remainder of the funds.
Officials said a bond of $26 million would not raise taxes for Luna County residents.
A bond election is tentatively set for February 2014.
The last general obligation bond election, held in January 2008, was for a new high school to be built on a site west of Deming. That bond failed by a 7% margin.