The Board of Education held a workshop on the Bond Program. The workshop reviewed highlights from the 2014 Bond Program, Facilities Capital Plan, existing facilities conditions and next steps for moving forward with a potential second bond.
2014 Bond Program
The current bond is on time and on budget. There is a total of 83 projects, plus land procurement. Currently, just over 13 percent of the bond program is committed through the economic inclusion program.
Phase 2 would build upon the 2014 Bond Program by focusing on capital improvements, renovations and additions to increase capacity, ensure student safety and address aging of infrastructure. It would also include five new schools (2 elementary, 1 middle and 2 high schools).
This second phase would fulfill commitments made to OPS communities and tax payers. At the time if the 2014 Facilities Capital Plan Issuance, the projected phase 2 was $376 million.
Prior to a second bond, there is planning that would need to take place. That process would include:
- Stakeholder and Community Engagement
- Steering Committee
- Facilities Assessment Validation
- Facilities Option Planning
- Updated Facilities Capital Plan
If the current Phase 2 is completed, there would still be some facilities that would need attention. Jacobs divided this information into three priority levels so the Board could plan appropriately for the future.
Prior to asking voters to approve a bond issue, there are several steps that Jacobs recommends take place. Jacobs recommends that OPS engage the community and stakeholders, update the facilities capital plan, draft and approve a bond referendum and file the referendum with the Douglas County Election Commission.
Jacobs provided information to the Board on three possible timing options for a vote: November 2017, May 2018, November 2018.
The Board will now review all the information and come back to the board table to discuss next steps at a future meeting.