Hillsboro High School sign

Administrators in the Hillsboro School District will offer tours of Hillsboro High School on Jan. 23 prior to a public forum highlighting the school’s upcoming special election, which will ask voters to raise the district’s debt limit from 5 percent to 10 percent.

Superintendent Paula Suda told the Hillsboro School Board on Wednesday that tours will be given to patrons from 6 to 7 p.m. ahead of the public forum in the Hillsboro High School library.

Suda said the forum primarily will focus on explaining to taxpayers what raising the debt limit would mean for them and the district and how the March 28 vote – even if approved by voters – won’t result in a tax increase.

However, administrators will be open to discussing the district’s ongoing talks about building a new high school and answer questions from residents on a variety of topics, she said.

“If people have any comments or concerns, (the public forum) would be a good time to raise those so we can bring those questions back to the school board,” Suda said.

Suda presented an updated timeline to the school board on Wednesday detailing how the board and school officials have been studying the district’s facilities and enrollment trends since August 2021.

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