In 2013, we developed a plan to address space shortages which was ultimately not supported by voters. Since that time, we have been very intentional and careful in our planning for these proposed facility improvements. We spent the following three plus years studying district-wide facility needs, space requirements, program needs and other input affecting our future needs. A community task force reviewed current deferred maintenance needs, educational and programmatic needs, and our financial status in order to formulate their recommendations for our future facilities. During the task force’s planning efforts -- and after options were developed and costs of implementation were estimated -- the proposed recommendations were presented for the School Board’s consideration.
In 2016, we embarked on a process of gathering stakeholder input from numerous community leaders and organizations, as well as numerous community members through outreach and public listening sessions and forums.
The Board provided input and reaction which resulted in refined scopes, costs, timelines, and more clearly articulated proposed solutions. Ultimately, after carefully considering the project scope and its long-term benefits, as well as its cost, the Board voted unanimously to proceed with a referendum in November 2016 that included a new 9-12 high school facility, reconfiguring uses of the existing facilities, a new facility to accommodate ALC and gymnastics programming, and a new stadium to be located at the site of the new high school. Although the final election results were closer, this referendum was also defeated.
Feb. 2018 Referendum: Rightsizing. Making room for all our kids.
Since Nov. 2016, our enrollment has continued to grow – we now have 1,100 more students than we did just ten years ago (an average of 4 classrooms per year). Current enrollment is 3,209 while building design capacity is 2,975 and we are projected to continue to grow. We have held public forums, listening sessions, and surveyed community members to evaluate options that would address the problem. A survey was commissioned to learn about community objections to the last referendum. Focus groups and multiple public meetings were held to solicit community input to determine the best solutions. Through these channels, community members helped the school board select the most cost-effective solution.
This project is different than the 2016 referendum -- it is $10 million less and does not include a stadium, athletic fields, or other expenses. The new referendum proposal consists of a stream-lined and cost-effective version of the last ballot question.
What Were the Options?
For details about the referendum see our Fast Facts Flyer or Hoja De Respuestas Rápidas