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Get the Facts: Bond 2018

Why Now?
Bond Scope
Financial Facts
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Why Now?

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:

  • Pipes bursting and flooding the room, which ruined computers and classroom supplies (twice last year);
  • Fire in the Kindergarten room’s ceiling caused from old HVAC motor;
  • Water infiltration from leaking roofs and failing mortar into classrooms;
  • Lack of electrical outlets and capacity to support modern technology needs;
  • Antiquated climate control system – units are at the end of their life expectancy, and will freeze up or stop working altogether;
  • Occasional smell of sewage in the gym, likely caused by the 80-year-old sewer main running under the building;
  • …and more. 

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. 


Bond Scope

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:

  • A controlled-access entry;
  • New areas for preschool through fourth grade;
  • New areas for special education;
  • A tornado safe room that will also function as an educational classroom;
  • A new gymnasium with limited seating for an estimated 500 spectators and support spaces for physical education and other school and community functions; and
  • Improvements to the playground, parking, and bus drop-off areas.

Renovations and improvements to Thayer K-8 School, to include:

  • Remodeling of existing bathrooms to allow handicap access (ADA compliance); and
  • Replacement of gymnasium floor

Thayer K-8 School

Renovations to Cherryvale Middle-High School, to include:

  • Construct, equip, and furnish an addition to the existing Career and Technical Education shop area;
  • An improved front entrance with greater security features;
  • Remodel two existing restrooms for ADA compliance; and
  • Replace the bleachers in the gymnasium to improve safety and handicap access (ADA compliance)

Renovations to Cherryvale Middle-High School


 Financial Facts

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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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:

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  • A controlled-access entry;
  • New areas for preschool through fourth grade;
  • A tornado safe room that will also function as an educational classroom;
  • A new gymnasium with limited seating for an estimated 500 spectators and support spaces for physical education and other school and community functions; and
  • Improvements to the playground, parking, and bus drop-off areas.

Thayer K-8 School:

  • Remodeling of existing bathrooms from handicap access (ADA compliance); and
  • Replacement of gymnasium floor

Cherryvale Middle-High School:

  • Construct, equip, and furnish an addition to the existing Career and Technical Education shop area;
  • An improved front entrance with greater security features;
  • Remodel two existing restrooms; and
  • Replace the bleachers in the gymnasium to improve handicap access (ADA compliance)

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? 

1996

How many years will this new levy be in place/how long will it take for the district to pay this off?

Thirty years. 

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 skiblinger@usd447.org, visit our website at www.usd447schools.org, or follow us on facebook at Cherryvale-Thayer Schools USD 447 if you have any additional questions.