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Common Ground for Washington Schools It’s Time At the request of the Washington Community School Board, two members of the Iowa Construction Advocacy Team (“ICAT”) completed an analysis of the school district facilities. In their analysis they found that all four existing school buildings have physical condition needs to varying degrees with the existing High School and Junior High School buildings needing the most immediate attention. The School Board has adopted a proposal set forth by ICAT that would address those needs in addition to preparing the district for the possibility of a regional high school and addressing educational space issues within the district. This plan supports the board’s decision to align the grades as follows: n n n n

Stewart Lincoln Middle School High School

Pre-K through 2nd grades 3rd through 5th grades 6th through 8th grades 9th through 12th grades

A 20 year $2.70/$1,000 tax levy bond issue to support the implementation of this plan will come before the public on September 8, 2009. 60 percent plus one is needed for passage.

Facilities Action Plan The Facilities Action Plan that has been proposed is comprised of several parts which include recommended building improvements, a timeline, projected project costs, anticipated funds available, design firm selection process, and timeline criteria. Highlights are: n n

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Build a new High School adjacent to the existing Junior High Renovate the existing historical High School building to be converted to use as the Middle School Use existing Junior High School as an annex for the new High School, to consolidate educational programs, and house administrative functions Complete the renovation of Stewart and Lincoln Elementary Schools Keep students safe and out of construction projects Accomplish district’s grade realignment goal Complete a new bus barn facility Use existing administration building as a technology and training center

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High School

(Plan Years 1-5)

The proposed new High School will become a 9th through 12th grade building and would be located on one of two proposed building sites either to the south or the west of the existing Junior High school. Key elements in the new high school would include: n n n n n n n n n n

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110,000 SF facility $16,500,000 proposed budget ($150/SF) Modern technology and multi-media capabilities Science labs with adequate space and latest technology Wheel chair access throughout the building 8,000 SF gymnasium Improved music and fine arts facilities Special needs classrooms Space for teacher work and prep areas Utilize existing Junior High industrial arts classroom and gymnasium as a practice gym Configured for future auditorium (to be funded by privately raised funds)

Middle School

(Plan Years 1-5)

The Middle School will become a 6th through 8th grade building and would be located in the existing High School building. Renovation of this building would commence upon the completion and occupancy of the new High School building. All renovation would be completed while the building is vacant. Projects planned for in the renovation of this building include, but are not limited to: n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n

New electrical system New HVAC system with the possibility of geothermal Web-based energy control systems New windows and doors New roof system Tuckpointing and sealing of exterior masonry Entirely remodeled classrooms with new finishes and fixtures New plumbing fixtures and valves Remodeled auditorium including finishes and seating Expanded kitchen facility Security and card access system New technology wiring High efficiency lighting Improved stairwells and fire safety measures Removal of portable units

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Stewart & Lincoln Elementaries

(Plan Years 1-5)

Stewart Elementary will become a Pre-K through 2nd grade building and Lincoln Elementary will become a 3 rd through 5 th grade building when alignments are completed. Improvements to these buildings are anticipated to be completed over the course of three consecutive summers. Projects planned for Stewart and Lincoln include, but are not limited to: n n n n n n

HVAC upgrades with the possibility of geothermal in both buildings New windows in both buildings Remodeled classrooms in older portions of both buildings Re-grading around perimeter of both buildings to affect positive drainage Remodeled office suite and increased security at Stewart’s main entrance Some re-roofing at Lincoln

Additional Improvements

(Plan Years 6-10)

The existing Junior High would be renovated as a High School Annex and would also house district administration offices. Renovations would also allow for the possibility of advanced/ regional academy classes. Improvements would include, but are not limited to: n n n n n n

HVAC upgrades with the possibility of geothermal New windows New electrical distribution system Tuckpointing and sealing of exterior masonry Roof replacement Removal of portable units

The existing Central Office would be renovated to become a dedicated information and technology hub and staff training facility. Improvements would include, but are not limited to: n n n n n n

HVAC upgrades with the possibility of geothermal New windows and doors New electrical distribution system and energy efficient lighting Backup generator to maintain data integrity Improved security Paved parking

The plan includes a new bus maintenance facility at a location to be determined.

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Financial Information The project is to be funded through a combination of sources. n n

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Sales tax revenue bonds made possible by a change in state law in 2008 A 20 year $2.70 per thousand general obligation bond to be voted on at the September 8th election Private donations Possible grants and/or low interest loans from various government sources

Estimated tax implications for single family properties $ 50,000 assessment ... $100,000 assessment ... $150,000 assessment ...

$ 62.10 annually, $124.20 annually, $186.30 annually,

$31.05 semi-annually, or $62.10 semi-annually, or $93.15 semi-annually, or

$ 5.18 monthly $10.35 monthly $15.53 monthly

Estimated tax implications for farmland 50 Average CSR ... 70 Average CSR ... 90 Average CSR ...

$1.12/acre per year, $2.00/acre per year, $3.51/acre per year,

$ 89.60 per 80 acres $160.00 per 80 acres $280.80 per 80 acres

For more information contact: Joe McConnell ...... joe@washingtonlawoffice.org contact@commongroundwashington.com www. washington.k12.ia.us www.commongroundwashington.com

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