Why Now

Improves Student Learning Opportunities and  Programs
Flexible, project-based learning spaces designed to accommodate current and future educational programs
Keeps grades 6, 7 & 8 together as middle school grade configuration
Impact of building heating, ventilation, electrical on learning environment
Prepares students for careers that are very different than when the middle school was built in 1920 

Long-Term Financial Sustainability of School  District
Main Driver: State funding decreases and operational cost increases, have resulted in a budget deficit. The District has utilized its fund balance (savings) to balance the budget for the past 5 years.
Long-term solution:Going from 4 sites to 3 saves $250,000/year and improves operational efficiencies.

 Why Now? Minimizes Tax Impact
Agricultural pays less property tax than was paid in 2017
Ag2School tax credit Increases from 50% to 70%
Residential property tax refund of up to 80% of the tax increase each year for home owners and renters with household incomes under $113,000
Historically low interest rates

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