After years of extensive planning, committee work, and community input, the Board of Education has approved placing two referendum questions on the November 6, 2018, ballot. Read more about the specifics of the plan here .
Why now?
Independent enrollment projections from Vandewalle and Associates estimate that the district will grow by 700 resident students over the next 10 years; this is on top of growth of 525 students over the last 10 years. Three of the District’s schools—Taylor Prairie, Cottage Grove, and Glacial Drumlin—are projected to be at capacity within the next five years (see chart below with data from the Vandewalle and Associates study). By building the proposed grade 3-5 elementary school, the remaining District buildings have capacity and can accommodate projected growth. We expect this facilities plan could address our 4K-8 needs for the next 20 years.
In addition, our existing District buildings are in need of maintenance. Just like in our homes, our school buildings’ windows, roofs, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units need upkeep and eventual replacement. $14.8 million of the proposed projects in this referendum are critical maintenance. The District must attend to these needs in order to maximize the lifespan of our existing buildings. The chart below shows the amount of proposed funds would go toward capital maintenance at each building.
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