Step 3: Improving Our Facilities
During the district's yearlong process of gathering input from the community last year, three overarching priorities were identified:
- Maintaining and improving academic offerings and technology
- Taking care of deferred maintenance needs such as fixing leaking roofs, parking lots, and drainage issues
- Improving our facilities with a focus on safety and security, playgrounds, and fine arts/athletics
School Board & Community Action
On November 3rd, the Big Lake community approved an operating levy for academics and a capital project levy for technology to address priority number one.
On January 28th, the school board approved the sale of facility maintenance bonds, from which the proceeds will be used to fund deferred maintenance needs. These bonds have no tax impact on district residents, and the ability for the school board to approve them was passed last Legislative session.
Also during January, the district hired an outside consultant to survey the community on its thoughts around a May 2016 special election for facility improvements. The school board used the results of this survey to confirm that facility improvements are still a priority for the community, and to identify what improvements are most important to the community.
On February 25th, based on community feedback, the school board approved two questions for a May 24th special election to address priority number three, facility improvements:
Question 1: approval of $9 million in bonds to improve facilities districtwide focusing on safety and security, playgrounds, and fine arts/athletics
approval of $1 million in bonds to construct a multi-purpose synthetic turf field
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