On Feb. 14, Union Public Schools patrons will vote on a proposed $26-million bond issue.
Below is the cost breakdown:
• $11 million: Phase II, Elementary 14, 12000 E. 31st St. This will cover the costs to construct the first half of the building and enable Briarglen Elementary’s 500 students, grades K-5, to move into the school for the 2017-2018 school year;
• $5.1 million: Maintenance and Operations: professional services and needed building equipment and projects;
• $4.6 million: Districtwide textbooks, media books, STEM tools, technology, software licenses and subscriptions;
• $1.2 million: Contingency and bond fees and expenses;
• $1 million: Darnaby Elementary HVAC system replacement, Phase I;
• $900,000: District roof replacement project;
• $750,000: High School chiller replacement/HVAC equipment;
• $500,000: Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center building: payment toward purchase of the building;
• $490,000: Site Allocations: capital expenditures, technology equipment, software; school site projects;
• $400,000: Athletic, fine arts and spirit uniforms, instruments, equipment and technology.
Passage will not increase taxes above traditional levels and requires a supermajority: at least 60 percent of the vote.
Administrators’ plan is to build Elementary 14 “with the eventual goal of serving 1,000, roughly the size of two elementary schools,” says Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler, “in order to address growth in the north central part of our district and to help in freeing up space in Union’s other elementary schools.”
Elementary 14 will feature energy-efficient design; STEM maker spaces for hands-on, project-based learning; expandable learning areas; outdoor classrooms; and playgrounds designed with exercise and fitness in mind, he continues.
District administrators also hope to implement a plan for a comprehensive overhaul of the aging High School stadium and the addition of needed classrooms around it. The stadium, built in 1976, is used by all grade levels and the community year-round, seven days a week.
Other planned projects include new roofing at McAuliffe Elementary; renovated exteriors at Darnaby and Peters Elementary schools; a new chiller in the older part of the High School and the HVAC system at Darnaby Elementary; and flooring for Cedar Ridge Elementary. Support Services will also receive money for projects throughout the district, including for security camera replacement, playground equipment, fencing, and sidewalk and parking lot projects.