Long-Range Facilities Plan Projects

Enrollment-based, long range facilities planAfter our no-tax-increase bond issue passed with 84 percent of the vote, many people have the same question – “now what?”

You can find the latest updates about the bond projects on this page, so check back often.

Elementary School and Facility for High-School Students
We recently purchased almost 272 acres of land at 68th Street and Waukomis Drive, on the eastern edge of our district, for $3 million. This purchase is a result of the long-range, enrollment-based facilities plan the Board developed with input from staff, students, parents and community members.

As called for in our long-range plan, our new site will house our next elementary school and a facility for our high-school students. The elementary will open in 2019, and the LEAD Innovation Studio, which is opening this fall in a leased office space, will move to the new high-school facility no sooner than 2020.

The size of this land and the designs for the high-school facility will allow us to build onto it to make a full high school at this location if we have enough enrollment growth in the future.

Middle School
The new middle school will open in 2019 on 47.9 acres of land at 56th Street and N. Northwood Road, which we bought last year for $1.68 million.

Latest Drafts of Possible Middle-School Design

Middle school design

Support Services and Possible Projects

The other land purchase was 46 acres near NW Tiffany Springs Road and North Congress Avenue for $1.9 million. It is the future site of our support services facility and possibly a transportation facility.

For all of these plots of land, we used funds from the 2011 no-tax-increase bond issue, as we promised. We do not anticipate needing any more land in the near future.

We are already working on the design of the new middle school, and we will soon start the design process for the new elementary school. Then we will work on the facility for high-school students.

The timeline for the other projects in the bond issue, which might also include the transportation center and some maintenance projects, will depend on interest rates and revenue from the sale of the bonds over time. In keeping with the Board’s ongoing commitment to efficient stewardship of taxpayer dollars, we must complete these projects with no tax increase, as we promised voters.