On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the Fairview Park City Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to pursue Option 4 of the proposed District Facilities Plan, which includes renovations and additions to Fairview High School and Mayer Middle School, updates at Gilles-Sweet Elementary, and upgrades and additions at Parkview Early Education Center.
The BOE also approved at a special board meeting on July 13 the two resolutions required to place a bond issue/permanent improvement levy to fund the plan on the November 8 ballot. A copy of the resolution and proposed bond Issue and tax levy ballot can be found here.
“Many Fairview voices, minds and hearts have been involved in the development of this facilities plan over the past two years. Our community will now have the opportunity to make a huge positive change in the lives and learning of Fairview students for generations to come. We look forward to sharing more information with residents over the next few months,” said Board of Education President Joslyn Dalton.
The plan was developed by the district’s Facility Advisory Committee (FAC), which was formed in January 2016 after the Board’s initial approval to authorize the superintendent and treasurer to enter into contract negotiations with Architectural Vision Group, Ltd. (AVG), the firm ranked most-qualified to address improvements needed in the district’s aging facilities.
In order to come to a decision on a recommendation to the Board of Directors, the FAC completed the following over the past six months:
- Learned about the district facilities history and future needs
- Engaged the community on their interests and concerns (Community Forums, Building Tours, and Surveys)
- Reviewed feedback from district staff
- Generated recommendations to administration and AVG regarding the development of the Facilities Master Plan
- Shared the draft Facilities Master Plan options with community members
- Reviewed community survey data
- Provided a final recommendation to the Board for consideration on May 31, 2016.
The total project cost is estimated at $35.2 million (which includes funds to be used solely for future facility maintenance needs) and through the joint bond/PI levy, taxpayers will see an estimated (per $100k home valuation) of $93 annually/$7.75 monthly/$0.25 daily (reflects a .6 mill reduction in certified tax rates).
“This project will provide critical improvements to infrastructure at the Early Education Center at Parkview, Mayer Middle School and Fairview High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Wagner. The buildings have been well maintained and look great from the outside, but the existing HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems desperately need replaced and the renovations will provide our students with facilities that support the learning and work they need to do to be successful in the 21st century.”
The District is well-positioned with an Aa2 Elite Credit Rating which will allow for the best interest rates (which are historically low). The district will also borrow against its existing reserves, acquiring approximately $10 million, to reduce the overall project costs to voters.
For more information on what the project will entail, click here.