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THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION -
Review and Comment on the School Construction
Proposal of Chisago Lakes Public School District
(September 15, 22, 2022)
A review and comment must be provided on a school district construction project proposal before the district conducts a referendum, solicits bids, or issues bonds for the project. A project proposal has been submitted for review and comment according to requirements set forth in Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.71, subdivisions 9 and 10, and Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.72. The district provides the following information:
1. The geographic area and population to be served:
a. preschool through grade 12 student enrollment for the past five years, and
b. student enrollment projections for the next five years.
2. A list of existing school facilities:
a. by year constructed,
b. their uses, and
c. an assessment of the extent to which alternate facilities are available within school district boundaries and in adjacent school districts.
3. A list of specific deficiencies of the facility:
a. demonstrating the need for a new or renovated facility to be provided,
b. the process used to determine the deficiencies,
c. a list of those deficiencies that will and will not be addressed by the proposed projects,
d. a list of specific benefits that the new or renovated facility will provide to students, teachers, and community users served by the facility.
4. A description of the project, including:
a. specifications of site and outdoor space acreage,
b. square footage allocations for classrooms, laboratories and support spaces,
c. estimated expenditures for major portions of the project,
d. estimated changes in facility operating costs, and
e. dates the project will begin and be completed.
5. A specification of the source of project financing, including:
a. applicable statutory citations,
b. the scheduled date for a bond issue or school board action,
c. a schedule of payments, including debt service equalization aid, and
d. the effect of a bond issue on local property taxes by property class and valuation.
6. Documentation obligating the school district and contractors to comply with the following items:
a. Minnesota Statutes, section 471.345 governing municipal contracts,
b. sustainable design,
c. school facility commissioning under Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.72, certifying the plans and designs for heating, ventilating, air conditioning and air filtration for an extensively renovated or new facility meet or exceed current code standards, including ASHRAE air filtration Standard 52.1,
d. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) acoustical performance criteria, design requirements and guidelines for schools on maximum background noise levels and reverberation times,
e. state fire code,
f. chapter 326B governing building codes, and
g. consultation with affected government units about the impact of the project on utilities, roads, sewers, sidewalks, retention ponds, school bus and automobile traffic, access to mass transit and safe access for pedestrians and cyclists.
Description of Proposed School Construction Project
Chisago Lakes Public School District, ISD #2144-01, is proposing a single question bond referendum on November 8, 2022, that would authorize $19.91 million in bonding authority to finance districtwide facility improvements. The largest project component is a four classroom addition to Primary elementary to ease the overcrowding of kindergarten and first grade students. Secure entrance upgrades to the middle school, high school and Taylors Falls elementary, including administrative office enhancements at the middle school are part of the proposed scope of work. Other proposed projects include: districtwide parking lot improvements, renovations at Primary elementary and the middle school, as well as roof replacement at the high school and Primary elementary.
The projects proposed would be scheduled for completion in calendar years 2023 and 2024. Cost estimates by location/project type are as follows:
The district is proposing an interest only repayment schedule for the proposed bond issuance through FY 2039, when payments on their existing bonds are completed. While the proposed repayment schedule minimizes the initial impact of the proposed bond issue on taxpayers, it will result in significantly higher interest costs over the life of the bond than a uniform repayment schedule.
The district has supplied cost estimates to operate and staff the additional building space and it appears existing revenues will be sufficient to fund any associated operational cost increases. The proposed project appears to be in the long-term interest of the school district.
Review and Comment Statement
Based on the department’s analysis of the school district’s required documentation and other pertinent information from sources of the Minnesota Department of Education, the Commissioner of Education provides a positive review and comment.
Additional Information is Available
Persons desiring additional information regarding this proposal should contact the school district superintendent’s office.
/s/ Heather Mueller
September 1, 2022
Article Comment Submission Form