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(Neb.) - Bond approved by Chadron BOE; March election

By: John Thayer Posted at: 01/09/2012 11:01 PM

CHADRON – The Chadron Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-1 Monday night to move forward with the bond proposal. The board has set a target date of March 13, 2012 for the issue to be voted on by the public.
Superintendent Dr. Caroline Winchester began the discussion with a slideshow presentation. The presentation, titled “Safe, Warm, Dry”, showed that the board is asking for a bond in the amount of $11.9 million. The bond, if approved, would go to toward improving windows and doors, roofing, lighting and power, heating and air conditioning and fire sprinklers.
The goals of the bond included:
·         Student/Employee Health & Safety
·         Sustainability – Extend Life of buildings
o   Long-term Facility plan
o   Reduce Taxes-Improves Stewardship
§ Cost Savings
§ Energy Savings
o   Maintenance Training
§ Maintenance cost reduction
§ Longer equipment life
·         Utilize local vendors when possible
·         Increase educational opportunities for students through technology &personnel
·         Transparency – Stakeholder Input
The current bond amount of $11.9 million is based on no increase in valuation, 25 years, a continuation of current bond taxes and the past five-year levy average. The bond will not exceed said amount. If valuation increases it will not increase taxes. It will, in fact, reduce the bond levy.
So why not just build new buildings? The estimated cost for four brand new buildings is a conservative $34 million. The levy estimate would be $.50.
With the approval of the bond the boilers would increase in efficiency from 20 percent to 95 percent. In addition to that there would be over $20,000 in rebates for fixtures and $2,250 rebate for fixtures in the High School gym.
MOA and Sampson, the companies chosen for the project, will answer questions for the public at a later date.
Pryor to voting, board member Keith Drinkwalter commented,
“Maybe we can help the community grow by fixing the schools.”
One concern for the board is that the public, who will invest in the project, will not be able to see the renovations because there will not be any additions. However, high school principal Jerry Mack countered,
 “If this goes through I really do believe we will see and feel a difference”.
The school will continue to offer tours to the community before the vote. The public is encouraged to call the Central Office to get a tour of the school.
The vote is scheduled for March 13, 2011.
Summary of base improvement costs:
·         Chadron High School                     $5,072,835
·         Chadron Middle School                 $2,555,335
·         Chadron Primary School                $2,626,034
·         Chadron Intermediate School    $        730,281
Total Const Costs                       $10,984,484
Total fees/soft costs/etc.              $ 1,420,453
Total Cost of Projects                 $ 12,404, 937
Potential Bond amount                 $11,900,000
(Questions, Comments or Concerns about this story? Email john@chadrad.com)
(Copyright 2012 KCSR/Chadrad Communications, Inc. May not be reproduced in any form without written permission.)


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