The Roland-Story school district is looking at its five-year plan for facilities improvement and has a list of goals for the coming half-decade.
First on the list, chronologically, is a planned renovation to the high school auditorium, which is estimated at $600,000. According to the plan, the renovation would take place in the summer of 2019 and would be paid for with funds from the district’s physical plant and equipment levy as well as one-cent sales tax funds, a state-wide initiative that is also known as SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education).
In 2020, new windows on the east side of the high school and an air unit installed in the shop would cost an estimated $125,000 and would be paid with PPEL and SAVE funds.
A major project planned for 2022 would renovate the high school football/track complex as well as the weight room. At an estimated cost of $4.7 million, the project would require a public vote to approve general obligation bonds for funding.
In 2023, the plan calls for $2.25 million in SAVE bonds to be used for a new bus barn, which would also house some of the district’s smaller vehicles. Use of the SAVE bonds would not require a public vote.
A high school boiler replacement is slated for 2023, at a cost of $750,000 in SAVE bonds, which would not require a public vote. The plan also notes, in 2023, that $125,000 in PPEL/SAVE funds would be used for new lights and flagpoles at the high school softball field, and $500,000 from that same funding source for bleachers, concessions and restrooms at the baseball field.
The projects total just over $9 million.
Along with these specific projects, the school district plans to continue its ongoing restroom renovations, which it is completing at a rate of two per year and which is paid with PPEL and SAVE.
The five-year plan continues the school district’s steady work for upkeep and improvements to its facilities.
“Over the past six years the district has engaged in several significant facility improvement projects. These recent improvements have been substantial, both in scope and in dollars, with the district spending more than $15 million over the past six years to improve our working and learning environments,” said Superintendent Matt Patton.
Thanks to a voter-approved $9 million bond issue, Roland-Story completed a variety of projects in 2018, including a $6 million addition and renovation to the elementary school and $2.1 million in HVAC projects at both the middle school and high school.
“While this list of accomplishments is impressive, we do not plan to rest on our past successes,” Patton said. “Instead, we plan to keep striving to provide our students, staff and communities with first-class facilities.”
Over the past six months, the school board has toured district facilities, met with key community leaders and discussed the district’s next steps for continued improvements.
“After several thorough and thoughtful discussions, the board has developed a five-year plan to keep us moving forward in this area,” Patton said.