Public Work Sessions - Facilities
South Dearborn Community School Corporation will be holding three public meetings to discuss needed maintenance of, and upgrades to, the corporation's facilities. The public and taxpayers are encouraged to attend and be informed about the proposals under discussion. The first meeting was held on Tuesday, May 24th, at the Central Office from 5:00 to 7:00. The next work session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14th, at the Central Office from 5:30 to 7:30. The third public work session will take place in July.
At the May 24th meeting, Hal Kovert, the architect currently overseeing the roof projects taking place at South Dearborn, presented an overview of needed maintenance work and upgrades for all six of the Corporation’s buildings. The list of proposed projects were developed by Central Office staff and building principals over several months during walk-throughs of each respective building. The projects from the individual buildings were compiled together by Mr. Kovert. Mr. Kovert presented the list of projects to the Board with cost estimates for the Board’s review and consideration. Damian Maggos, underwriter, presented funding information and the impact the projects might potentially have upon the taxpayers.
The work includes replacement of carpeting throughout the district, replacement of ceiling tiles, enhancing building exteriors and entrances, remodeling the high school auditorium, remodeling and adding to the high school musical arts choir and band facilities, adding new signage, remodeling the football/track restrooms, completing maintenance and repairs of the high school pool, upgrading to LED interior and exterior lighting, and possibly placing artificial turf on the football field. Additionally, building a new, multi-purpose activity center was also discussed.
If all the work was to be completed as presented, the costs would total approximately $12,900,000. The tax bill impact to the taxpayer would be approximately $0.0777 per $100 of assessed value. For an average township home valued at $150,000, this represents an annual tax increase of approximately $50.70 or $4.22 per month.
It is important to note that the information is being presented to the School Board during the three public work sessions. The Board will be looking at the data to determine what projects, if any, will be done. Some of the proposed projects may be changed and/or eliminated. The total project costs and taxpayer impact will change in accordance with the Board’s decision and direction.
There has been no Board action, nor will there be until the three work sessions are completed. If a decision is reached to move forward with all or part of the proposed work, a Notice of Project Hearing and Preliminary Determination will be delivered to the newspapers by August 30th, 2016. The school Board would then hold a public meeting on September 19th, 2016 to:
• Hold a Project and Preliminary Determination Hearing;
• Adopt the project resolution;
• Adopt the preliminary determination resolution;
• Adopt the reimbursement resolution
Please contact Dr. John Mehrle, Superintendent, or Dave Lusby, Board President, with any questions.
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1. Develop and implement the framework needed to receive AdvanceEd, K-12 District Accreditation.
2. Improve stakeholder satisfaction.
3. Prepare and implement research-based school safety plan for measuring and improving building and staff safety preparedness.
4. Increase capacity to utilize technology in the classroom.
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