LINN COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — School may be out for students but parents in the Alburnett Community School District have a big decision on June 25th.
The Alburnett Board of Education approved language for an $11.64 million bond vote on April 30th.
Now voters in the district will head to the polls to decide on a facility upgrade plan and the tax levy increase that would fund the project.
School is out and it’s officially summer, that means it’s time to deep clean and reorganizes at schools across the state. In the Alburnett District reorganizing is getting more difficult due to growing student enrollment.
Alburnett Community School District Superintendent, Dr. Dani Trimble said expanding their current facilities will give them more space as their student population continues to grow.
“It’s getting a little uncomfortable. In fact, next year already we’re looking around the building trying to decide, well could that be a classroom? So not ideal,” said Trimble.
Of the 700 plus students, about one third are open enrolled, meaning they’re not just from inside the district.
Dr. Trimble attributes that to their family K-12 environment. Which is why they’re looking to update and expand rather than build from scratch.
“We have a great deal of efficiency by being all in one building. From staffing to operations systems, when you’re not running multiple kitchens and busing between sites that really is a real positive for a school budget,” said Trimble.
If passed the bond would add 10 additional classrooms and create and renovate current space into a state of the art agriculture and tech wing for trade programs and invest in the arts with a new auditorium.
In order for the bond to pass 60% of voters must say yes to BOTH questions on the ballot. The first, for the project itself. The second, for how it’s funded. That means increasing the tax levy by $1.89 — more about this and what the project will look like tonight at 5 & 6 pm. pic.twitter.com/7OyldCu3ay
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The district worked with OPN Architects to identify the schools greatest long term needs.
“Industrial tech, the ag classrooms rise to the top, they need updating to match the type of programming we’re offering today,” said Trimble.
However, the project is all dependent on at least 60% of voters saying yes to both questions on the ballot.
“Wherever you land on this particular topic we need to know, the school needs to know what the public thinks of this,” said Trimble.
The first question on the ballot is about the project itself and the second question is looking for approval to pay for the project through increasing the district’s levy by $1.87.
According to the district, that rate would still be around $3 lower than neighboring districts.
For more information regarding how the levy compares to other similar district’s visit Alburnett’s website.