The priority of the Facilities Master Plan is to create an exceptional environment for students. Moreover, the plan addresses existing and long-term capacity, safety, security, and efficiency issues at all grade levels in our growing district. Since 2014 the district has completed over 50% of the facility master plan projects.
In response to strong public support for the district’s Phase II Projects, the Carlisle School Board this week approved the placement of a $17 million bond measure for special election on April 3, 2018. The ballot measure will require approval by at least 60 percent of voters who cast ballots on that day.
District voters will have two opportunities to vote on the bond referendum. On March 7th, voters will have an opportunity for satellite absentee voting from 1:30-7:30 at the Family Life Center, and on April 3rd during the special election. If approved, construction on the district indoor activities center would begin in the fall of 2018 with completion of all projects by the fall of 2021.
Phase II funding sources will be a combination of State Sales Tax Funds and General Obligation Bonds. These funds are designated by Iowa code for infrastructure upgrades, new construction, remodeling of schoolhouses, equipment, and purchasing of property. Phase II Projects would begin the summer of 2018 with substantial completion by the spring of 2021. Phase II Project Plans Include the following:
HS Building Expansion Needs
- Gymnasium Seat Capacity
- Indoor Athletic Program Space
- Incorporation of the Art and Industrial Tech classrooms into main HS building
- Future classroom space
- Relocation of District Facilities Department
- Elementary Energy Efficiencies – Windows and HVAC Upgrades
- Classroom Furniture Upgrades K-12
- Building Security Upgrades (Security Cameras, Communication) K-12
- District Technology Upgrades (Fiber, Server Upgrades, Classroom Supports)
One of our promises to our community is to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. The Carlisle School Board has reduced taxes eight years in a row by a total of $3.11, keeping the promise to lower taxes. This bond proposal would be school tax levy neutral, meaning there would be no increase on the debt service portion of the overall property tax rate. The district currently has the $4.05 debt service levy authority. The district will be asking our community for the authority to use the debt service levy for the new $17 million of bonds for the Phase II projects.
The district will be hosting community informational meetings at 6:00 in the district board room on the following dates: February 27th, March 6th, and March 29th. As always, if you have any questions about the project, signing the petition or district finances please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org