District Presents Voters with a grades 5-12 Building Solution
Residents Urged to Make Informed Decision on April 2, 2013
On Tuesday, April 2nd, residents will have the opportunity to vote on a comprehensive grade 5-12 building solution designed to meet the needs of students today and in the foreseeable future. The new proposal, developed as a long-term solution, involves constructing a new school on district-owned land on Highway B, on the west side of the Village. Grades 5-12 and the district office would be relocated. The new school would be designed to accommodate our growing student population, with distinct classroom areas, energy efficiency and secure entrances. Athletic fields would also be relocated to the new site. The building will also include a public access fitness center.
The unique construction design provides for heightened security and flexibility in instructional methods all at a much lower cost. In comparison to a conventional design, this project is estimated to cost the District $6.6 million less to build and outfit. The combination of geothermal heating and the monolithic dome construction is expected to save the District at least 30% of its annual energy costs.
The cost of the proposed project is $21,950,000, which translates to an estimated annual tax increase of $2.76 per thousand of fair market property value. For a property valued at $150,000, the cost would be approximately $34 a month.
Residents are urged to make an informed decision on April 2, 2013. Opportunities will be provided in the coming weeks to gather information and residents are encouraged to do the following: