Bond 2015

high school concept

Voters in the Stillwater Area Public School District approved a bond request to update district facilities and expand opportunities for students during a special election on May 12.

The bond, which was approved by 57.6 percent of voters, will pay for an addition and renovations at the high school, construction of a new elementary school and a variety of improvements to facilities across the district. It will also change grade configuration by moving to preK-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools and a 9-12 high school.  The bond is based on recommendations of the Long-Range Facilities Committee.

Proposed Facility Improvements*

Cost

% of Total

High School 49%
Additional classroom spaces for ninth graders; remodel science labs; upgrade music rooms and other learning spaces; expand cafeteria and commons areas and improve circulation; add physical education and gym spaces$48,025,031 
Elementary schools 27%
Reconfigure preschool classrooms; upgrade HVAC at Afton-Lakeland, Lake Elmo, Lily Lake and Oak Park; upgrade playground surfaces at all elementary schools$9,809,250 
Construction of new 500+ student elementary school$25,710,000 
Proceeds from the sale of Valley Crossing Community School($9,030,000) 
Other district facility/site improvements 8%

Upgrades to Pony Stadium, restrooms, concessions; multi-purpose practice fields

$7,868,438 
Middle schools 7%
Reconfigure to grades 6-8; remodel Oak-Land Junior High science labs; HVAC upgrade at Oak-Land and Stillwater junior high schools$6,300,000 
Capitalized interest 5%
Pay interest up front to save costs over time$5,317,281 
Bus terminal 4%
Construction of bus/maintenance garage (by discontinuing current lease we would save $225,000 annual to our general fund)$3,500,000 
Bond Request$97.5 million 

 

NOTE: This bond will not raise taxes above what residents are currently paying. Existing debt is dropping off. The bond maintains taxes at their current levels to fund these improvements.  

 

Bond 2015 Results

See results of May 12 special election by precinct.

Building Our Future

January 05, 2015

See why some residents believe facility changes are needed to meet the needs of students.

facility video

Long-Range Facilities Planning

As academic standards change, more families move into the southern part of the district, and school buildings age, a committee of district residents and staff developed a recommendation to re-invest in facilities.