What is the plan?
The Right Time. 72% of survey respondents asked the district to address facilities needs as soon as possible or within 1-5 years.
We currently are teaching many levels of children every day in poor instructional settings including conference rooms, storage rooms, hallways, lunchrooms, and outdoor modular classrooms. The use of outdoor modular classrooms forces preschool students to have to walk outside to get to the library, gym, and cafeteria.
Some of our facilities are unsafe or not code-compliant. Our parking lot is too small and the layout is unsafe lacking a proper drop-off area. The 1963 high school kitchen’s current serving lines do not meet state code.
We’ve run out of space.
The school board plans to cap open enrollment into the district to ensure that facilities investments provide adequate space for many years to come. There aren’t enough classroom spaces at the elementary level and spaces like the band room, elementary gym, and cafeteria are too small to accommodate our students.
The Right Size.
The Pierz motto of “just enough” played a big role in the planning of this referendum. The new proposal addresses critical needs. It does not include an auditorium and is less square footage than the previous plan. The referendum would address inadequate facilities and improve our instructional model for about half of the 2017 request at just $10 million in bonds.
The Right Stuff.
This plan provides direct benefits to students. The plan provides an improved instructional model for our children.
The Right Price.
The district strives to manage taxpayer dollars wisely. School property taxes for Pierz are lower than the state average and the lowest of all of our neighbors. If the referendum is approved, the property tax increase on a Pierz School District average home valued home of $132,000 would be $140 per year or $11.67 per month.
The Plan Meets Educational Needs.
The plan provides for the best instructional model, because:
For more information, please review these documents:
Site Plan Map
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