Our facilities are aging. As they age, they become more and more challenging to maintain, and to provide the educational experience our children deserve. This is particularly true of the original portion of Lincoln Central Elementary School. Built in 1938, it is hitting the end of its useful life, and for many years, we’ve band-aided problems, including:
These issues are not cosmetic, and will only increase in frequency and severity as the building continues to age.
Beyond the elementary, we’ve seen a continued increase in the demand for our Career and Technical Education programming. Unfortunately, without adequate space, we haven’t been able to fully accommodate this important training, and have even had to turn some students away due to lack of space to complete welding and construction projects. With a minimal investment in this area, we can fully equip our students who aren’t interested in a traditional four-year university experience with the skills they need to thrive.
Lastly, there are challenges in other buildings in our district, including safety and security and ADA issues that must be addressed.
On June 25, 2018, the Board of Education unanimously approved a recommendation to put the following bond proposal on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot:
Demolition of the 1938 building and renovations to the newer (1999) Lincoln Central Elementary School site, to include:
Renovations and improvements to Thayer K-8 School, to include:
Renovations to Cherryvale Middle-High School, to include:
Total cost: $12,715,000.
This bond proposal would require an increase of 14.9 mills, or $7.14 a month for a $50,000 home. This is a significant reduction from the previous 2016 bond proposal. If approved, the state of Kansas would also fund 46% of the construction and financing costs.
Currently, USD 447 ranks the lowest of our neighboring 34 counties in school district mill rate, and this increase would keep our tax burden at a competitive rate with our peers.
When is the USD 447 Cherryvale Thayer bond election?
The bond question will be on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot.
What is the deadline to register to vote in that election?
October 16, 2018.
Who is eligible to vote?
Any person who lives within the Cherryvale Thayer School District boundary and is registered to vote may participate in the bond election.
What will the bond fund?
Lincoln Central Elementary School:
Thayer K-8 School:
Cherryvale Middle-High School:
How will the new bond affect the total mill levy?
The bond proposal will increase the mill levy by 14.9 mills, or $7.14 a month for a home valued at $50,000.
How much of this bond will the State of Kansas pay for?
The state of Kansas will pay for 46 percent of this bond issue.
If our home value is more than $50k, what will we be paying?
$30,000 Home: $4.28 a month
$75,000 Home: $10.71 a month
$50,000 Commercial Building: $15.52 a month
Per Acre of Dryland Farm (Annually): $.63
Per Acre of Native Grass (Annually): $.34
How long has it been since the district passed a bond to improve our facilities?
How many years will this new levy be in place/how long will it take for the district to pay this off?
Why are we rebuilding on the existing Lincoln Central site, rather than another part of town?
Over the last few years, the district looked at several possible locations for new construction of an elementary school, but ultimately felt as though the current Lincoln Central location offered both the most centrally-located site, and greatest opportunity for cost savings. The cost to purchase land, provide necessary utility services, and rebuild sufficient square footage for a pre-K-6th building was deemed to be cost-prohibitive.
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger at (620) 336-8139 or email@example.com, visit our website at www.usd447schools.org, or follow us on facebook at Cherryvale-Thayer Schools USD 447 if you have any additional questions.