December 19, 2018
Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,
We hope this letter finds you enjoying the holiday season. We are writing to share some news following last night's Board Meeting. On December 18, the District 36 School Board unanimously approved a $90.6 million referendum for community vote on April 2, 2019. With the total cost of the proposed facilities projects estimated at $100.6 million, the School Board committed $10 million from reserves to offset the cost of the referendum and lower the overall tax impact. If approved, the estimated tax increase over the current bond obligation-tax levy would be approximately $276 (annually) per $1 million of property value.
This plan was reviewed from a teaching and learning perspective, from a facilities perspective, and through the lens of what is fiscally responsible. It aligns with our community's value for neighborhood schools, our commitment to remain good stewards of taxpayer resources, and our community's high expectations for progressive schools. The final decision is now in our community's hands.
The proposed spring referendum reflects priority facilities projects identified in the recently approved long-range Educational Master Facility Plan (EMFP). The EMFP addresses comprehensive facilities improvements and aging infrastructure, a commitment to maintain the neighborhood school model with (3) K-4 elementary schools and (1) consolidated 5-8 campus, and upholds a progressive educational vision for teaching and learning.
Priority projects identified for the April 2, 2019, referendum include:
Health Life Safety
Code required projects
Safety and security enhancements
ADA accessibility upgrades
HVAC, electrical and plumbing upgrades
Addition of 3 classrooms and a gym at Crow Island
Renovations or upgrades to existing space for multi-purpose cafeterias at each school and renovations to the library resource centers at Crow Island and Carleton Washburne
Additions and renovations for classroom wings, Makerspace, and STEAM space at Carleton Washburne
The District will implement a comprehensive communications plan beginning in January 2019 to provide factual information to all residents. Project details, costs, tax impacts and upcoming community events will be posted on the District website at
We wish you and your families a Happy New Year. We look forward to your continued engagement in our school community.
Dr. Trisha Kocanda
Ms. Kristen Hertel
Superintendent Board President