- Why Now and Why do These Needs Exist?
- Is the proposed referendum a result of deferred maintenance?
- School District Building Improvement Actions since 2009-10
- How much will it cost? / What is the current mill rate and what will it be if the referendum passes per question?
- When would the proposed projects be complete?
- What will happen if the referendum doesn’t pass?
- Will local contractors be used?
- Why should I be concerned about these projects?
- How many Seats will the new Activity Center Hold?
- How will the community benefit from the Activity center?
Although regular maintenance has been done within the school buildings, it’s time for some renovations, repairs and space needs. The district’s current debt payments on the Agriculture/Technical Education addition will be paid in full in 2017. We can address current capital needs now before the existing facilities deteriorate more and while construction costs are low. The existing High School was constructed in 1963 and has served the district well. However, there are significant issues that need repair such as flooring, locker rooms, space needs and others as described in the information above. The existing Elementary School was constructed in 1992 and it needs minor upgrades in finishes that have lasted for over 25 years. These are capital needs that must be addressed immediately and in the near future to avoid more costly repairs/replacements. Capital projects would be addressed and completed in approximately 2 years.
* ACT 32 Energy Efficient upgrades resulting in lower utility costs.
Purchased Chrome books for every student
New elementary roof
New high school lockers and new 5th and 6th grade lockers
Remodeled Ag and Science classrooms and elementary office
High School Multi-Purpose Room received facelift
New bleachers in high school gym
Refinished high school gym floor
New curtain in high school gym
Upgrades to distance learning lab
Added parking to elementary school
Purchased new playground equipment and basketball hoops
New sound system for elementary, high school, and football field
Resealed high school parking lot
Painted several classrooms and hallways
The capital needs to be addressed with this referendum won’t go away if the referendum doesn’t pass and will likely get worse over time. Currently, interest rates for new debt and construction costs are low. Delaying the projects will make it tougher and more expensive to address in the future as costs will likely be higher and needs will become more extensive. The Board of Education will determine next steps if the referendum questions do not pass.
The district has agreed to work with a Construction Manager on the project should the referendum pass. The entire project will be put out to bid in various bid packages to ensure local contractors will get the opportunity to bid. This will keep the bid packages small and allow the district to get the best value for the money spent.
In last week’s article, the community was informed that on April 4, people will have the opportunity to vote in favor of passing a referendum to address a number of needs brought forth by the Building Committee. One of those needs is that of an activity center.
An activity center would help resolve many of the complaints from parents, etc. in regards to seating during concerts. The concerts present a problem due to the lack of seating available. Since the seating is not tiered, people are forced to look over or between the people sitting in front of them if they want to see their child perform. With only two tiers (levels) that can be used, the school is limited on the number of chairs that can be set up for a performance. Even with two performances being offered for the elementary concerts, the second performance at night is so full that many people end up standing in the back due to a lack of space.
The activity center would also allow for earlier practices for the elementary students in basketball and volleyball. There are nights when these students are not done practicing until 8:30 – 9:00 P.M. The reason for the late practice stems from the middle school either practicing or playing a game in the elementary gym on those nights.
Another key component of the activity center would be the availability to be used by the community for meetings. The plan calls for a meeting room and restrooms within the facility. By providing restrooms, people using this area do not need to go into other parts of the school. The meeting room would be accessible during the day and could be reserved in advance.
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PLEASE CONTACT US:
District Superintendent - John Humphries - email@example.com - 715-669-5401 ext. 202
High School Principal - William Hass - firstname.lastname@example.org - 715-669-5401 ext. 201
Middle / Elementary Principal - Tyler Nelson - email@example.com - 715-669-5548 ext. 109
Board of Education:
President - Marie Karaba - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President - David Burke - email@example.com
Clerk - Jeanette Kodl - firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer - Brenda Henke - email@example.com
Board Member - Ty Schneider - firstname.lastname@example.org