In a matter of minutes, Ozark City School Board members made a decision impacting hundreds of students and staff. In a five to six vote, school board members approved the existing site for the new Carroll High School.
Michael Lenhart, the Superintendent of the Ozark City Schools, says, "This is the best time to build any major project over the course of the last year, construction costs have gone down about 30 percent."
Low construction rates didn't sway school board member James Harris' mind. He says Ozark could benefit more with the Roy Parker Road location.
James Harris, a member of the Ozark City School Board says, "I saw this new site as an investment as something that would be an investment in the future as opposed to being a status quo in staying where we are."
Different opinions about the location end at the discussion table. That's because there's still a chance ground will never be broken no matter where the site is.
Mayor Billy Blackwell of Ozark says, "Without passing the referendum we don't have a site for a new high school, we have to pass a referendum first."
Mayor Blackwell says the referendum would roughly cost residents with a $100,000 home between $100 - 120 a month. Superintendent Michael Lenhart says the decision to build the new school at the existing site may help push the referendum forward.
Lenhart says, "It does allow us now to go forward with a really powerful campaign for an advalorum tax referendum."
This is a campaign school officials hope will pass with flying colors. Mayor Blackwell says a vote on the referendum will be held later this year.