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April 3, 2019
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D. 202 Full-Day Kindergarten Proposal Moves Forward

April 3, 2019

8:40 p.m.

District 202 Education Partners,

The Board of Education will vote at its April 15th regular meeting on a proposal to build an 18th elementary school as part of a plan to create enough space to allow for full-day kindergarten for all eligible students.

District administrators outlined the plans and answered questions at a special meeting tonight and answered numerous questions from both Board and community members.

The Board generally supported the proposal (a couple members sharing some reservations about cost), then agreed to put the item on the April 15th agenda for action. ***No vote was taken tonight.

We will publish more information in the next few days, including a special link for residents to email thoughts to the Board.

However, for now, here are the 

KEY POINTS:

  • The proposed building will be similar to the last few elementary schools built in during the heavy growth period and house about 800 students.
  • It will take two to three years to build.
  • It will be built on land the district already owns.
  • It will cost about $25 million.
    • The District will use a special "leasing" option and pay the bank $2.5 million a year for 10 years. After 10 years, the district will take ownership of the property.
    • Therefore, the district WILL NOT have to increase tax rates to pay for the new building. (Individual tax bills may increase based on individual property values.)
  • Personnel and operational costs will add about $2 million a year
  • Administration will continue to also monitor early childhood and special education space needs and programming and adjust as needed as the new building opens.
  • Administration will adjust attendance boundaries as needed when the project nears completion to ensure equitable programming and enrollment at all elementary schools.

That's it for now.

Have a good night/morning.

Tom Hernandez

Director of Community Relations

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