Category Archives: Bond Issue

New Polling Hours for Special Election Noon-8:00 pm

The Linn County Auditor in conjunction with the Secretary of State’s office has joined numerous counties in Iowa with delaying the opening of polls for Tuesdays Special School Election. Due to a Winter Weather Advisory Linn County will delay the opening of all voting centers until 12:00 pm noon.

The new voting hours for Tuesday February 2, 2016 will be 12:00 pm noon – 8:00 pm.

Absentee Voting – 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Election Day at Linn County Auditors Office

Due to this change, the Linn County Auditor’s Office will be open at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, February 2, for anyone from both school districts wishing to vote by absentee ballot. By law, when the polls open at noon, absentee voting is extended until 11:00 AM the day of the election.

Click here for the the press release from Linn County.

 

Satellite Voting Opportunity at Prairie Today

Satellite Voting Opportunity at Prairie Today

2:30 – 8:30 pm
Prairie High School
Room B110 – Family Consumer Science Room
(located near the main gym by the art room.)

Today, January 21 at Prairie High School, all district eligible voters will have their first opportunity to express their opinion on the upcoming bond referendum. College Community will use the funds generated by the bond to add classroom space, improve safety and security, reduce operational costs and increase community access.

Linn County election officials will be conducting a satellite voting station in room B110 (Family Consumer Science Room next to the main gym) at Prairie High School from 2:30-8:30 PM. There will be signs marking the location. Parking will be available in front of the high school.

This is a very important vote for our District if we are to continue to meet the space needs of a consistently growing district. All indications are that enrollment growth will continue at about 100 plus students per year.

The high school is currently out of classrooms and over capacity. Projections are that our graduating classes will reach 413 seniors by 2018. Currently there are nine grades with 400 or more students throughout the district.

The official voting day is Tuesday, February 2. Last April a similar bond referendum failed by just 58 votes. Please make an informed vote.

You must be a resident of the College Community School District to vote.

Bond Issue Informational Meetings Set

bond_button_thin_borderPlease join Superintendent John Speer, Prairie staff, and members of the Board of Education to learn more about the February 2, 2016 bond referendum. College Community is hosting three bond issue informational Meetings:

Wednesday, January 13 (two meetings)
6:00 – 7:00 pm (Concert Hall at Prairie HS)
7:15 – 8:15 pm (Concert Hall at Prairie HS)

Wednesday, January 20
6:30 – 7:30 pm (High School Study Hall)

Tours: Patrons will have the opportunity to tour the high school facilities at the conclusion of each meeting.

Superintendent John Speer and members of the Board of Education will present details of the upcoming bond issue and answer any questions you may have regarding the February 2, 2016 bond referendum. Tours will be available after each informational meeting.

Click here to learn more about the bond issue.

College Community Announces Bond Election to Meet Enrollment Challenges

The College Community School District’s Board of Education accepted petitions at their December 14, 2015 board meeting calling for a bond referendum. District patrons turned in petition signatures requesting the Board set a bond election to address enrollment growth and facility needs. The petition calls for the Board to set a February 2, 2016 bond referendum vote for $49.5 million dollars.

Additionally, the Board took action that would commit a minimum of $6,000,000 of one cent sales tax funds to keep the property tax rate in the District low.  With this action, the property tax rate would increase approximately 32 cents to $16.14 per thousand dollars of valuation–this is 81 cents lower than originally projected due to the use of the sales tax funds.  This would cost the owner of a home with an assessed value of $100,000 $17.50 per year.

The last bond referendum, held on April 7, 2015, failed by only 58 votes.

Meeting academic needs to address enrollment growth is a priority. During the September 21 school board meeting, Superintendent John Speer said the district has already surpassed its enrollment projections for the 2015-16 school year and projects enrollment will climb an additional 1,000 students in the next ten years.

Enrollment for the 2015-2016 academic school year is 5,605 students (4 year-old preschool to 12th grade) which is up 146 students since this time last year. Currently eight grades have over 400 students. Since 2005-06 enrollment has climbed 1,600 students and based on current projections, enrollment at College Community will continue to grow at approximately 105 students each year and reach 6,655 students by 2025.

“The bond will have a long lasting impact on our Prairie campus by adding classroom space, increasing security and safety, replacing obsolete systems, and renovating our oldest buildings,” said College Community Superintendent John Speer. “The Facilities Advisory Committee agreed the district needs have not changed since our last bond vote and the District needs to move forward now in order to meet the facility demands caused by enrollment growth.”

If voters approve, the bond referendum will address the following areas:

PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL – EXPANDED ACADEMIC SPACE
20 additional classrooms

  • 13 general classrooms,
  • 3 new science classrooms
  • 4 new music classrooms
  • Update library/media center
  • Add/improve athletic/wellness/locker areas
  • Create gender balanced locker rooms
  • Update family and consumer science space

REDUCED OPERATIONAL COSTS

  • Replace obsolete mechanical, electrical, building control systems
  • New 500 student cafeteria

IMPROVED COMMUNITY ACCESS

  • Add parking spaces
  • Expand lobby space for public events
  • Create training and public meeting rooms

IMPROVED SAFETY AND SECURITY
High School, Crest, Heights and View

  • Add fire sprinkler systems
  • Replace/upgrade safety systems (Fire alarms, Intercoms, intruder access)
  • Provide secure, visible offices (High School & Crest)
  • Add interior walls (View)