SoWashCo BONDS FOR BUILDINGS
Overcrowding - 105% (over capacity 5%) causes fights, disciplinary issues, overheating, and spreads disease faster to more people. Noisy rooms are distracting and stressful; teachers spend more time on discipline and less on instruction. 80% is the target. Under 60% capacity, schools are too expensive to operate and get closed. SoWashCo schools operate (25) buildings, assets which the community owns and is given the tax authority to fund Bonds for buildings.
SD47 program Th Sept 21, 6:30pm-7pm. "What's on the SoWashCo Levy, Questions 1,2, & 3?"
ISD833 staff Kristine Schaefer/Asst Supt and Tyrone Brookins/SoWashCo explained details. Projected enrollment for 2023 was 18,672, and the actual enrollment is 18,950.
The City of Woodbury continues to add more housing. More growth is planned. A timeline of 3 years to design and build a school is typical.
High Schools - Capacity: Enrolled in 2023
East Ridge 1,712 : 2,123 = OVER by 24%
Park 2,059 : 1,941 = at 95%
Woodbury 1,925 : 1,980 = at 98%
Question 1. Shall we fund $105 Million for planned East Ridge expansion, Park and Woodbury reno? Shall we fund $30 Million to expand Oltman Middle School; reno Woodbury Middle? Shall we fund $25 Million for secure entries at (5) middle & high schools to bring them up to the same level as other schools?
What happens if the Q1 Levy fails?
If Q1 fails, then Q2 also fails. Elementary schools shift attendance boundaries for Fall 2024. Overcrowded High schools look into split school schedules.
If Q1 passes, High School Construction begins summer 2024.
Middle School - Capacity : Enrollment
Oltman 990 : 976 at 99% Capacity
Lake 1188 : 1147 at 97% Capacity
Woodbury 1188 : 1109 at 96% Capacity
Cottage Grove 1208 : 928 at 77% capacity
Question 2: Shall we fund $31 Million to expand elementary schools projected to exceed capacity? additions at Bailey, Grey Cloud, Pine Hill, Red Rock. Shall we fund $9 Million to add bathrooms at 5 schools with only a set of 4 stalls? Crestview, Hillside, Pine Hill, Pullman and Royal Oaks elementary schools
Elementary enrolled: Quantity waiting for (4) toilet stalls
Pine Hill 530
Royal Oaks 494
If Q2 fails, elementary school attendance boundary changes start Fall 2024. Growth of about 300 more students projected.
If Q2 passes, Elementary Construction is planned.
Question 3: Replace Technology Levy
Double the funds for better cyber security, cameras and technology. (1.820% to 2.668% times the net tax capacity of the School District, for 10 years.) Make the use of funds more flexible.