November 2010 Bond Proposal

The Facility Planning Committee made recommendations for a bond proposal to the School Board that would upgrade the aging Banks Junior High and High School facilities. The Board voted on a bond measure for the November 2010 election.

Facility Planning Committee Recommendations

The Facility Planning Committee’s recommendation to the School Board is to renovate and replace portions of Banks Junior High and High School to address safety issues and improve classroom environment.

The proposed projects include:

  • Renovate and construct new junior high facilities including classrooms for general education, science, technology, special education; library; other building/campus improvements.
  • Renovate and construct new high school facilities, including classrooms for general education science, technology, special education, vocational education; cafeteria, commons area, other building/campus improvements.
  • Renovate original brick school building for high school and district services, if economically practical. If not, construct replacement space.
  • Make other safety, security, code upgrades and site improvements, including upgrading heating, ventilation and electrical systems, removing asbestos; improving security, traffic flow, parking and lighting.
  • Construct emergency vehicle access to elementary school.

See the committee report for more information.

 

 

Information

Facilities Planning Committee Final Report
Bond Presentation Slideshow
June 2010 Newsletter
Register to Vote!
Safe Schools for our Students on Facebook
Video - Banks School Bond 2010

Financial Information

All registered voters in the Banks School District are eligible to vote on the school bond measure.

Bond Term: Up to 26 years
Bond Amount: $25.98 million
Bond Limitations: Bond proceeds can only be used for costs associated with completing the projects listed on the ballot.
Estimated Cost for Average Taxpayer: The estimated tax rate increase for a $25.98 million bond would be approximately $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed property value per year, or approximately $145 per year more for each $100,000 of assessed property value. The bonds are expected to mature in 26 years or less from the date of issuance. The rate could vary based on interest rates, changes in the District’s total assessed value and from new homes, businesses and other factors.

 

Federal stimulus program will provide interest-free funds

The bond measure recommendation for upgrades and new additions to the junior high and high schools would cost $25,980,000. The District has been approved for the interest-free Qualified School Construction Bond, a federal program that provides stimulus funds for school bond construction programs.

The District will be able to issue up to $15 million in interest-free bonds, which will result in a significant cost savings to taxpayers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of what the community will get for its money:  $25.98 million

Summary of Bond Scope/Classroom and Facilities Analysis

 

 

 

 

Banks School District - Construction Bond 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Present

Facility Description

FPC3 Plan

 

 

Net Change

9

General Classrooms

13

New

 

 

4

 

0

Science Classrooms

2

New

 

 

2

 

1

Computer Lab

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Special Education

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Library

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Administration Area

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Staff Area

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Gymnasium

1

Expanded

 

 

0

 

2

Locker Rooms

2

Expanded

 

0

 

1

Band/Choir

1

Existing

 

 

0

 

1

Cafeteria/Commons

1

Existing

 

 

0

 

1

Kitchen

1

Existing

 

 

0

 

20

Total

26

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Present

Facility Description

FPC3 Plan

 

 

Net Change

13

General Classrooms

17

New

 

 

4

 

2

Science Classrooms

3

New

 

 

1

 

2

Computer Labs

2

New

 

 

0

 

1

Special Education

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Library

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Kitchen

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Staff Area

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Cafeteria/Commons

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Administration - High School

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Administration - District

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Vocational/Agriculture

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Shop

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Student Services

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Technology

1

New

 

 

0

 

1

Auditorium

1

Renovated

 

0

 

2

Locker Rooms

2

Renovated, Girls Expanded

0

 

1

Art

1

Existing

 

 

0

 

1

Health

1

Existing

 

 

0

 

1

Band/Choir

1

Existing

 

 

0

 

1

Weight Room

1

Existing

 

 

0

 

1

Gymnasium - Main

1

Existing, Some Renovation

0

 

1

Wrestling Building

1

Existing

 

 

0

 

1

The Barn

1

Existing, Some Renovation

0

 

1

Food Service Equipment

1

Replace

 

 

0

 

1

Main Gym Bleachers

1

Replace

 

 

0

 

40

Total

45

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Demo Jr. High & High School

 

7) Renovate Existing Buildings

 

 

2) Temporary Classrooms

 

8) Restrooms Jr. High & High School

 

3) New Parking Lots (Jr. High/High School)

9) Emergency Entrance/Exit Elementary School

4) Campus Lighting

 

10) Campus Restrooms

 

 

5) Upgrade Heating Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Circulation/Walls/ME (Mechanical/Engineering) Area Jr.High & High School

 

 

What is a Bond?

 A bond levy is a funding option to pay for construction projects for schools.  Local community members vote on a proposal to sell bonds to finance specific construction projects.

  • Bond funds can only be used for the specific projects listed in the proposal.
  • Bonds are repaid over a defined period – in this case it is 26 years – through additional property taxes.

What is the difference between general fund and bond money?

  •  Schools receive general fund dollars from the Legislature based on student enrollment.  Although it is legal to spend these operating funds on construction and maintenance, there is simply not enough funding to meet student educational needs and pay for facility upgrades.
  • Bond dollars are approved by voters in the school district to pay for specific projects outlined in the ballot title.  If approved, the district would sell bonds that would be repaid by district taxpayers through property taxes.

How can each be used?

  •  Bond funds have very specific uses and there are many limitations on how bond funds can be used.  Capital projects include buying land or buildings, construction, equipment and furnishings, or equipment with a useful life of at least one year.
  • Bond fund money may not be used to hire staff.

How much is it going to cost me?

  • Currently you are paying about $2.00 per thousand of assessed value on your home.
  • You will be voting on the new $25.98 million bond.
  • BSD applied for and was approved to receive a “Qualified School Construction Bond” which allows us to issue up to $15 million worth of bonds at no interest.
  • Thus, the increased cost per thousand will be somewhere around $1.45 per thousand of assessed value.
  • If the voters approve this bond, the Qualified School Construction Bond will save the district taxpayers over $22 million during the life of the bond.

 Why do we need a new facility?

  • In a few words, we need to address safety issues, improve efficiency and add classroom space to meet increasing education requirements.
  • The first Facilities Planning Committee was formed in 2006 and the goal was to research the state of the district facilities and identify a set of planning considerations for the board.  This committee identified the need to replace some buildings, acquire additional land and develop partnerships within the community to enhance and better utilize the district’s facilities by both students and the Banks community.
  • In 2007, the school board resolved to create a 2nd FPC in an effort to provide a long range facilities plan which was to include identification of deferred maintenance needs, modernization needs and expansion needs due to anticipated enrollment growth.  Engineers conducted complete professional evaluations in order to evaluate the current structural, electrical and mechanical systems.  The final report summarized the results.
  • In November 2008, a bond was put to the voters that failed by a narrow margin.
  • In the fall of 2009 FPC3 was formed.  The purpose, once again, was to address the needs of the district with regards to our facilities.
  • Our junior high and senior high school continue to age.  Due to limited funding we are unable to keep up with the deterioration of the buildings.
  • Both of these schools were built in phases and parts of each building are between 60 and 90 years old, thus it is increasingly difficult to get replacement parts for our infrastructure.
  • It is time for the Banks community to make some decisions about the quality and safety of these facilities, which will have a direct impact on the education we are able to offer our students in the years ahead.
  • We have looked for ways to retain the parts of the existing buildings that is cost effective to save and use – now and in the future.

 What about the District Office?

  •  The original brick building that served as the high school and is now serving as the district office is currently scheduled to remain.
  • The district has hired engineering consultants to determine if it is cost effective to bring the building up to code and make it safe for student occupancy.  If that is the case, we will use the building for classrooms.
  • If it is determined that it cannot be brought up to standards that would allow us to use it for our students, at a reasonable cost, then it would be removed and the dollars will be used to construct new classrooms.

What about the “Barn”?

  •  Currently, the proposal would keep this gym.

Are they going to fix the Junior High School?

  •  Part of the plan is to remove the old classrooms that do not meet seismic standards and replace them with a new two-story structure.

How many classrooms will we have?

  •  At the Junior High, we will replace nine existing regular classrooms with 13 new classrooms; in addition, add classrooms designed for science, computer technology and special education.
  • We will also replace the library and expand the physical education/gym space and make other building/campus improvements.
  • At the High school, we will replace 13 existing classrooms with 17 new classrooms; in addition, add classrooms designed for science, computer technology, special education and vocational education.
  • We will replace the library, kitchen, commons area, and make other physical education/gym and building/campus improvements.

What about Athletic Facilities?

  • This bond includes money to renovate inadequate locker rooms and replace unsafe bleachers in the existing high school gym and to expand the existing jr. high gym to allow room for additional PE classes should the 6th grade class move to the Middle School/Junior High.

How can we build new facilities while we are laying off teachers and cutting programs?

  • Remember, bond money and general fund money come from two different sources.
  • General fund money, which comes from the state, is used to pay for daily operations of the schools.
  • This money “pays our bills” including utilities, transportation, food service, maintenance and janitorial expenditures as well as all of our staffing.
  • Each biennium the state determines how much money the schools will receive, which is based on student enrollment.  This is the money on which we build our operating budget.  When the state short funds us, we are forced to cut programs and/or personnel.

How will a one-year construction schedule impact students?

  •  A one-year schedule is the best alternative to minimize disruption to the students, staff, and community.
  • The actual plans for where the students will attend class for that year are dependent on the results of the master plan.
  • Students will remain in existing classrooms or be temporarily located in portable classrooms with student safety the top consideration.

Why should I vote on this bond if I do not have kids or grandkids attending Banks School District?

  • As adults, it is our responsibility to educate children for our future social and economic health.
  • It is proven that good schools increase property value and reduce crime.
  • More efficient facilities will reduce operational costs.
  • More money will be left in the general fund to be spent on educating our students.

When is the election?

  •  November 2, 2010.  Ballots will be mailed beginning October 15, 2010.

When is the last day to register to vote?

  • October 12, 2010 is the last day to register to vote for the general election.
  • Registration cards that are postmarked by this date are valid registrations for the general election.
  • You can also register on-line at www.oregonvotes.org or call 1-800-ORE VOTES/673-8683

 


Last updated on October 5, 2010