Bond Issue Benefits Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157 Students and Our Community The Hoover-Schrum Board of Education gave approval to place a $22.9 million bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot. If approved by voters, the bond issue will fund construction of a new Schrum Middle School. The results of a 2013 Long-Range Facility Assessment disclosed needed improvements, but also identified critical repairs needed to bring the school in compliance with various building codes. The proposed bond issue Bond Issue Projects Are Top Priorities To Impact Student Achievement & Address Critical Renovations A new middle school addresses the highest needs and projects with the greatest impact on student learning. • Classroom Technology • Safety & Security • Library to Meet State Standards • Elevator and other ADA Upgrades to Meet Federal Requirements • Specially-Designed Classrooms for Science, Music “Building Our Children’s Future!” Bond Issue For A New Schrum Middle School Passage of the bond issue will provide the resources to build a new middle school and make sure Schrum Middle School students have opportunities equal to those offered to students in other area districts, in the state and around the country and – at the same time – protect the quality of the district and the quality of the community. “Building Our Children’s Future!” addresses these critical renovations, adds technology in classrooms, a library to meet state standards and elevators to meet federal ADA guidelines. The proposal also includes specially-designed classrooms for music and science and security improvements. For More Bond Issue Information Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157 Phone: (708) 868-7500 Website: www.hsdist157.org Please scan and “Like” our Facebook page. Election is November 4, 2014 The bond issue to build a new Schrum Middle School is the result of input from parents, staff and community. A new middle school continues our commitment to student achievement and addresses identified critical facility needs and safety issues. “Our parents and residents have always taken great pride in their schools and students. The bond issue is on the ballot because our district is committed to improving student achievement and the quality of our schools.” – Superintendent Dr. Michelle Morris Why do we need a new Schrum Memorial School? • The school is 53-years old and is in need of several critical repairs. • The school does not have adequate space or design to address the educational needs of teachers and students. • A recent completed facility assessment conducted identified extensive renovations in order to make the school compliant with current life safety requirements. These issues must be addressed. • The district is committed to providing the best possible learning environment to prepare students for success. What will a new school have that the current school does not? • A new school will accommodate 21st century curriculum and instruction in ways the current school cannot. • A new school will repair items identified in the facility assessment and bring the building into compliance with life safety requirements. • A new school will include many improvements to address areas found to be deficient such as the library, music rooms, classrooms, kitchen and science labs. • A new school will be designed for 21st century learning, technology-driven teaching and a safe and comfortable learning environment. Will a new school be more energy efficient? • Yes. Ongoing operational costs such as electricity, heating, cooling and general maintenance are significantly reduced with newer, more efficient construction compared to maintaining an older facility. What is the estimated cost to build a new school? • The estimated cost to build a new school is $22 million. How do we finance construction? • A bond issue is placed on the ballot and must be approved by the voters. • 50% plus 1 yes votes are needed to pass the issue. How much will the bond issue cost? • Average annual increase for residents: – $100,000 home / $X.XX per month / XX¢ per week / $100 per year When was the last bond issue? • The school district successfully passed its last bond issue in 2001. It was an $8 million bond issue that funded the new Hoover Elementary School and the administrative offices. When is the bond issue election? • The bond issue is on the November 4, 2014 ballot. What is the construction time frame for a new school? • A new school can be completed in 12 months to be ready for occupancy by the fall of 2016. Where will the new school be built? • The new school will be built adjacent to the current Schrum Middle School. Will the students still be able to attend school in the current building during construction? • Yes.
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