2024 Capital Projects Bond
You spoke, we listened. Thank you to the hundreds of community members who shared their input to help us develop and prioritize this updated funding measure. The updated 2024 bond is significantly less than the 2022 bond proposal, and would address only our immediate facilities needs.
Eastmont School District will ask the community to consider a Capital Projects Bond in the February 13, 2024 election.
Funding from this bond would be used to address:
- Safe Learning Environments
- Cascade and Kenroy Elementary Schools were built as a series of separate buildings. This means that nearly every classroom has an exterior door, forcing students to use outdoor walkways and making it time-consuming to secure the building if needed.
- We rely on 15 portable classrooms to address crowding at three elementary schools. Nearly 375 students must use these classrooms. While the portables themselves are safe, the exterior entrances and separation from the main school cause supervision and security issues.
- Building Conditions
- The average age of Cascade, Kenroy, Lee and Rock Island Elementary Schools is well over 60 years old. A lot has changed about classroom learning in the time since they were built. New buildings would allow for updated technology, small group learning spaces to meet the needs of every student, and safer student drop-off and pick-up.
- The HVAC, plumbing and other systems in these four buildings are past their usable lifetime. They are costly to maintain. While our staff do their best to keep our buildings running, these building systems are now obsolete. Newer buildings would be easier and cheaper to repair and maintain.
- 15 portables have reached or exceeded their expected 25-30 year life span, some by over a decade.
Why does Eastmont need a capital projects bond?
The state provides very little funding for construction or repairs of school buildings. The state will occasionally provide supplemental funds, depending on the age and condition of a building, but only if the bond measure is approved by the community. School districts rely on local, voter-approved bonds and levies to fund the projects and programs not funded by the state.
This funding stays in our community to support Eastmont students.
What is the cost?
With the reduced project list from the 2022 bond, our financial planners have created a bond schedule that will keep the tax rate the same as the 2023 rate. If approved, there will be no change to the combined tax rate of $2.92 per 1,000 of assessed property value.
This rate could decrease as more properties and businesses are built in our area.
The total amount of the bond is $117.1 million, and if approved, would generate a supplemental $20.1 million from the state (which would not impact tax rates).
What is the cost of the proposed projects?