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Facilities Q&A #12

  1. What is included in the district’s proposed facility investment plan? 

    1. The proposed plan addresses our district’s most critical facility needs based on a comprehensive facility assessment, demographic analysis, educational adequacy assessment, listening sessions, community surveys, and additional feedback from our community, parents, students, and staff. The proposed plan includes replacing outdated and broken heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, indoor air quality, and window systems that are not fully functioning and fail to meet current air quality standards; providing new ADA-compliant restrooms on the second and third floors of the high school; updating deteriorating infrastructure, electrical systems, food storage, appliances, and plumbing in the kitchen; and repairing and maintaining underground sewer pipes.

 

  1. What is the cost and tax impact of the proposed plan? 

    1. The total cost of the proposed plan is $14.84 million, which would be paid using a 20-year bond. If voters approve the referendum, a home in the district valued at $100,000 would see a monthly property tax increase of $19.22 starting in 2025. Agricultural land valued at $914 per acre would see a tax increase of $2.34 per acre per year starting in 2025.

 

  1. When is the election, and how can I learn more about voting on the referendum? 

Election Day is Thursday, March 14, 2024. You can vote on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the School District Office Central Conference Room. If you are not able to vote on Election Day, you can vote by absentee ballot by mail or in person at the School District Office. Absentee voting is available from Saturday, February 3, 2024, through Wednesday, March 13, 2024. You can find detailed voting information at OurSchoolOurFuture.org/vote. You can also contact Shannon Jepson, Oakes Public School Business Manager, at shannon.jepson@k12.nd.us or 701-742-3234, ext. 145.