MOC-FV Community School District Approves $37 M Bond Referendum Question For March Ballot

January 21, 2020 10:17am

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The MOC-FV Community School District Board of Education has approved a general bond referendum question that will appear on a special election ballot Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
The District has been experiencing growth, with future enrollment projections show additional growth of approximately 18 students per year.

The question will ask voters to approve a new TK-5 elementary school and additions/renovations to the high school, at a total cost not to exceed $37 million. If approved, the 20-year bond would have a net property tax impact of $11.30 per month on a $100,000 home.

An approved bond would place MOC-FVs levy rates still less than comparable districts in the areaand still less than the state average.

We are growing and thriving thats a great problem to have," said Russ Adams, MOC-FV CSD Superintendent. "For the District, our needs came down to three main components: capacity, maintaining older buildings and the limitations of our current sites. With both elementary schools approaching or exceeding their useful lifespan and being limited for expansion possibilities at the current site, the Board decided to move forward with the proposed plan for a new elementary school.

The plan we have developed will provide benefit to all students throughout the District. A new elementary school will allow for our space and programming needs and also unites our students and staff and increases opportunities for collaboration and balancing of classes. At the middle school level, the improvement and development of our athletic practice facilities will be beneficial. At the high school, we will be expanding and improving our special education classrooms, student services area, and creating more general classroom space. At all levels, we will be developing and enhancing safe, secure entrances where visitors entering our buildings will automatically flow through the main office.

Upon passage of the bond referendum, the architects and engineers will begin to work on developing the actual site and building designs. Our goal is to be engaged in actual site work by the spring of 2021, move into the new elementary and upgraded middle school and high school by the start of the 2023 school year.

The District will be hosting public meetings for the community to learn more about the projects and answer any questions. Meetings will be held on February 3rd at 7 pm at Hospers Elementary, and on February 6th at 7 pm at Orange City Elementary.

To learn more about MOC-FV CSDs facility needs and the March 3 bond referendum, please visit the MOC-FV Schools website at www.mocfv.org.