Architects and engineers reviewed facilities and enrollment projections to make recommendations for a 10-year plan. The following are key factors for a proposed bond.
- Safety and security: The district’s number one priority is the safety of our students and staff. A successful bond effort will allow us to make critical safety and security upgrades where they are needed throughout the district, such as automatic door locks, security vestibules and security cameras. Fire alarm systems also need to be upgraded at some buildings.
- Maintenance needs: Schools require occasional large maintenance projects that exceed the operating budget and are above and beyond regular maintenance work. This bond would address projects such as roof replacements, new flooring and paint improvements to protect the community’s investment in our schools.
- Improve energy efficiency: Districtwide energy efficiency projects could save thousands of dollars in annual maintenance and operating costs, which could be used for student learning.
- Improve instructional space for vocational programs: Projects could include adding or renovating classroom space to better prepare students for jobs and college after they graduate.
- M.A. Lynch Elementary School: Lynch was constructed in 1965 with lower quality construction than our other schools. Based on that assessment in the long-range facility plan, architects recommend replacement of the building to address critical facility needs, improve educational space, allow for growth and address significant safety and security issues. Replacing and rebuilding Lynch would be more cost effective than repairing it.