So what are the next steps?
The facilities planning committee has met several times with Collaborative Design and Mark Qualman. The school board has also met with the afore mentioned. The goal of those meetings was to come to a consensus on what some of the “no” vote factors were, what some of the “yes” vote factors were, and to come to a consensus on a compromise that could go back to the public for a vote. The facilities committee recommendation has been made to the board of trustees and they will vote on it at a July 19 special meeting
Key Factors Considered:
· The needs of the school are not going away. Space is a real issue.
· The community’s home owners bear almost the full burden of the bonds for the project.
· Returning to the taxpayers with the exact same plan would have an increased price tag .
· A slight paring down of the project would still meet necessities and would allow grades 7-12 to completely be in the new facility, negating student and staff travel between facilities.
So what is different on this plan?
· Classrooms remain the same size as the original.
· A smaller gym that would seat 640 and have two locker rooms-no visitor locker rooms, no weight room, no referee locker room.
· The kitchen would be a warming kitchen. All meals will continue to be cooked at the current school building.
· No shared classroom space, music room decreased in size.
· No greenhouse for the agriculture program.
· Only the northern portion of the building will have paved parking for buses. The other parking will be gravel.
· There will still be a new security entrance at the front of the current school.
· Modular classrooms will be removed and the playground will be enlarged.
· There will be minor classroom upgrades like lighting and paint.
· There will not be any modifications to the kitchen/cafeteria or library.
· Total square footage decreased 6,035 SF to a total area of 39,985 SF
What is the cost of this new plan?
The cost of this plan has been cut down to a total of $14,500,000 ($9,425,000 in the high school and $5,075,000 in the elementary). On a 30 year bond, that would equate to an estimated annual tax on $100,000 assessed value of residential property of $210.76, or $421.52 on a $200,000 assessed value.