To the Kingsland Community:
Thank you for your support of the Kingsland School District and our students. As part of our dedication to being good stewards of public resources, we have continued to review our facilities and assess how they can meet the needs of the students into the future. On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, we are asking the Kingsland Community to vote on a bond measure that would construct a performing arts and gymnasium addition to provide our arts departments and community with a space for performance and meetings. The space will also function as an additional gym space to accommodate physical education classes throughout the day, and to allow all athletic practices to happen on campus without the need for early morning or late night practices and lower transportation costs.
It is important for the taxpayers to know the school board is moving forward with a non-voter approved indoor air quality (IAQ) project regardless of the May 8 referendum. In other words, your taxes are increasing. The school board is holding off on the bidding process until after the referendum. The purpose of waiting to bid the two projects together, the IAQ and performing arts/gymnasium projects, is the potential cost savings in materials and labor.
Non-Voter Approved (IAQ): The District will be raising taxes. The IAQ project will cost $9.3 million. For a $100,000 home, taxes would increase by $47.29 per year (see Estimated Tax Impact document). The borrowing for this bond will qualify for the new 40% Ag2School Tax Credit for our farming community. The structuring of the bond is over a 20-year period to lower the tax impact, unless the voter approved project fails. In the case of failure, the structuring of the bond is over 10-years. The IAQ project will consist of the following:
- Asbestos abatement of all remaining materials in the district.
- Mechanical equipment replacement to quieter, smaller and more efficient units with dehumidification capabilities in the 1957 portion of the building.
- Lighting upgrades in the 1957 portion of the building.
- Upgrade existing mechanical equipment to allow dehumidification and flexibility of temperature control in the elementary, gymnasium/weight room, cafeteria and locker room portions of the building.
- Replace all mechanical equipment for improved efficiency in the agricultural sciences building.
- Restroom upgrades to ADA compliance in the 1957 portion of the building.
Voter Approved – If Voter-Approved: The District will construct the $8.2 million performing arts and gymnasium addition, re-roofing and finishes. For a $100,000 home, taxes would increase $39.42 per year. When combined with the non-voter approved, total tax impact would be $86.71 (see Estimated Tax Impact document). The borrowing for this bond will qualify for the 40% Ag2School Tax Credit for our farming community. The structuring of the bond is over a 20-year period to lower the tax impact. The performing arts and gymnasium, re-roofing and finishes will consist of the following:
- Re-roofing of the 1957 and 1962 portions of the building.
- Replace windows and upgrade elevator in the 1957 portion of the building.
- Construct a 15,625 square foot stage and gymnasium with restrooms, dressing and storage rooms for arts and physical education. This will be a steel structure.
Voter Approved – If Voter-Denied: If the May 8, 2018 vote is denied, the District will construct a shell of a multi-purpose building using non-voter approved lease levy revenue for a $1.5 million project. The multipurpose building will be drastically different in both size and utilization. The borrowing for this lease levy does not qualify for the 40% Ag2School Tax Credit. The structuring of the lease levy is over a 20-year period. For a $100,000 home, taxes would increase by $14.23 per year. The tax impact of the non-voter approved IAQ project structured over 10-years would be $121.96 per year for the same valued home. The multi-purpose building will consist of the following:
- A multi-purpose building not much larger than two or three classrooms.
We are proud to serve a community that so strongly values education. Based on the following information, we ask for your support and consideration on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to continue providing Kingsland students with facilities and educational programming to prepare for the future. Thank you for being our partners in making a positive impact on students’ lives and on the Kingsland community.
Check the links below for information on the upcoming school referendum including the ballot question, where and when to vote, and a sneak peak at what the New Kingsland Campus might look like.