A brief summary of the topics presented and information shared during discussion is provided below.
Dr. Stoltz provided an update on improvements to several athletic facilities. The tennis courts at both high schools are scheduled for resurfacing; Cedar Cliff following the fall season and Red Land following the spring season. Improvements to provide more accessibility to the Red Land tennis courts are under consideration but no definitive plans have been created.
Bond Series Refinancing
The District recently refinanced a bond series to realize a significant savings; approximately $1.4 million. This is very similar to when homeowners refinance their mortgage to take advantage of lower interest rates. This will assist the District in balancing the long-term impacts of our facility improvements and construction.
On a related note, the Act 1 Base Index information for use in the 2018-2019 budget was released. The District will qualify for the adjusted base index (2.8%) again this year. This rate is the maximum rate of increase that the District could raise without exceptions or a referendum. This is slightly under the tax impact projections (2.9%) that were used in relation to the Feasibility Study.
Coordinator of Community Relations
Mrs. Rhonda Fourhman, Coordinator of Community Relations, was introduced to the group. The District’s presence on social media and efforts to communicate effectively with parents and the public were discussed.
Dr. Stoltz shared a progress update on the design charrettes that were held to assist in the building designs of the K-4 and 5-6 schools. Part of this discussion included different design needs based on student population, such as the need for lockers or cubbies for 5th and 6th graders. At this point, the District is still exploring locations for the first schools in Phase I. The goal remains to have a shovel in the ground in 2018. Dr. Stoltz added that the District is now likely going to use Allen Middle School for a 7/8 building and build the new 5/6 building on the northern end of the district on the Fairview campus. He explained the benefits of using the same design for the two intermediate schools, as well as the spaces that Allen offers for middle school, such as a large auditorium, gym, and wood/metal shop areas.
Red Land Traffic Concerns
The group expressed concerns over student and traffic safety during arrival and dismissal times, particularly on the back side of the building. Dr. Stoltz recommended that Mrs. Sayre be involved in reviewing possible alternatives.
Community members are reminded they can submit ideas for future topics of discussion to any District Voice representative.