3/23/2017 4:13:00 PM Supt. taking bond info to public officials
The Superintendent for Chisago Lakes Schools has been attending local governmental meetings sharing details about the May bond referendum. Supt. Joe Thimm has also been involved in evening public information sessions at Taylors Falls and the High School that were held this week. April 4 at 6:30 p.m. he will front a public information meeting on the bond details, at Lakeside School.
According to the superintendent; the district’s facility needs-- if approved for funding in the referendum-- will put the district “...in a situation where we’ll be okay for many years.”
The district has a strong philosophy of supporting “three tracks” to meet the students’ educational needs at the high school level, said Thimm.
There is programming for students who will advance to college, plus courses and curriculum for those who will pursue a two-year degree and there also is an opportunity for those students who will seek-out classes that prepare them for direct employment right after graduation.
The bond referendum funding allows for a manufacturing annex to go onto the high school to enhance the options for those students heading in a vocational-technical direction.
Thimm also explains that the district wants to get out of leasing.
The facility projects were designed for the referendum funding to provide opportunities to relocate programs out of rented space.
For instance the district offices are planned to go into the new elementary school-- and square footage where the offices are housed in the middle school can be used by special needs students who now receive instruction in remote rented sites.
Primary School on Old Towne Road, Chisago City, will see a shift of students older than grade one into the new elementary school, on Karmel Avenue, north of Hwy. 8. Primary will then have room to offer pre-K and the entry system is being reconfigured for improved security.
The new elementary school will also have enough acreage to create two ballfields in partnership with the Lakes Area Recreation Association.
One ballfield at the middle school can be removed to relocated tennis courts proposed to be taken away from the high school-- freeing up critical space for parking at the High School.
The closure of the old Lakeside School and subsequent sale of the seven acres of lakeshore will generate revenue that will be deposited into reserves, to address often deferred maintenance needs, Thimm noted. The school board wanted to try and meet needs of local families and students with the Community Recreation Center as an addition to the high school.
The center will have various uses and will include an elevated run/walk track that people can use free of charge.
The school bond vote will be held May 9. See box for voting locations. The total is just shy of $65 million. To see the tax impact for your property go to www.chisagolakes.k12.mn.us and find Bond Information and follow the prompts to the tax impact calculator. The impacts are based on the market value of your property at this time, so if your estimated market valuation increases, be aware this affects the math formula that calculates your tax.
Supt Thimm pointed out that substantial debt service expires off the school district budget (new stadium, land purchase on Karmel, Taylors Falls site improvements) in 2018, reducing the tax burden in place now. The district also pays off what it borrowed to construct the Performing Arts Center, the expanded front of high school, the big gym and middle school media center in 2023.