Bond issue proposal will be discussed at meetings
Voters in the Remington School District (Butler County U.S.D. No. 206) will go to the polls on March 5, 2019 to decide if now is the time to address facility and educational challenges in the District’s attendance centers. The bond issue election requests the authority to issue $9,975,000 in general obligation bonds to finance improvements to all three District attendance centers.
The bond issue proposal was developed by a District Facilities Steering Committee over many months. The Committee consisting of parents, patrons, and educators assessed District schools, looked at options for needed improvement, met with USD 206 staff, and considered needs verses wants. The Committee also held meetings in the District to seek patron input. After much study, thought, and meeting, the Committee came to consensus to target three primary areas for improvement: (1) Safety and Security; (2) Additional classroom and support spaces for efficient education; and (3) Additional space for Physical Education and wellness of students and community members.
The Committee reported their findings to the USD 206 Board of Education and they approved a resolution in June of 2018 scheduling an election and making application to the State Board of Education for permission to conduct an election. As the size of the bond issue requests fit under the State’s bond cap, the District received approval from the State for the election and potential bond issue.
The District and KIDS Committee have scheduled informational meetings as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 7th - 7 p.m., Potwin Community House
Saturday, Feb. 16th - 4 p.m., DeVeers Venue in Elbing
Monday, Feb. 18th- 7 p.m. Remington Middle School in Whitewater
Wednesday, Feb. 20th - 1 p.m.Whitewater Library
Thursday, Feb. 21st- 7 p.m., Federated Church in Whitewater
Monday, Feb. 25th - 7 p.m., Remington Elementary School in Potwin
Thursday, Feb. 28th - 7 p.m., Furley United Methodist Church in Furley
Monday, March 4th - 7 p.m., Remington High School
If approved by voters, the bond issue projects will affect every school and every student in the Remington School District. Controlled-access entrances are planned at all 3 schools for enhanced security. Needed storm shelter improvements are proposed at both Remington Elementary and High Schools.
Construction of a new Music Room will be reinforced to also function as a new storm shelter at the Elementary School. Construction of a new multi-purpose classroom at the High School will also be reinforced to function as the storm shelter for this building. Air-conditioning improvements are also a part of the plan.
Remington Middle School will be improved with construction of a new Media Center. The existing Media Center will be repurposed for Special Education and other needs. The new Media Center will be connected to the Tech Lab and the goal is to create an educational area conducive to today’s project-based learning and independent study for students.
A new PE/competition gym and Wellness Center addition is proposed for Remington High School. The new gym will feature seating for 2,000 spectators and will improve schedules for Physical Education and Team Sports competitions. It will provide spaces for cardio, fitness, weights and a walking track around the top of the gym for use by both students and District patrons. A new multi-purpose room is also included for many activities and training.
The District feels that now is an opportune time for the bond and projects with low interest rates available in the bond market. The Plan of Finance is to “wrap” the new bonds around existing bonds of the District that are schedule to retire in 2030. The proposed new bonds will require a net increase in the bond and interest levy of 7.9 mills—an estimated tax increase on a $100,000 home of $7.57 per month.
The District has formed a volunteer K.I.D.S. (Keep Improving District Schools) Committee to develop and implement an informational campaign to educate voters about challenges, solutions, and the bond issue cost. The KIDS Committee is developing information and planning meetings to share information with voters prior to the March 5th Election Date. The Chairpersons of the KIDS Committee are Rusty and Stephanie Meyer and Jenifer Klaassen. For more information, the KIDS Committee has developed a Facebook page (Remington USD 206 Bond Issue).
* This article is the first in a series provided by the USD 206 KIDS (Keep Improving District Schools) Committee to help district patrons understand the March 5 bond issue proposal. The goal of the K.I.D.S. Committee is that every voter in USD 206 has enough information to make an informed decision on this important question on Election Day.