The 2014 municipal election ballot will include one Anchorage School District bond proposition. The $57.2 million bond package was approved for the ballot by the Anchorage Assembly last month and will be put before voters on April 1.
The Bond Vote is next Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Nineteen schools in Anchorage, Chugiak and Eagle River are proposed for improvements along with the ASD student nutrition building. The following is a breakdown of what voters will evaluate this spring:
Airport Heights Elementary School addition/renovation design and construction – $22.8 million
Planning and design projects – $5.9 million
Renewal and building life extension projects – $28.5 million
The bond proposition, if passed, would mean that the average Anchorage homeowner would pay roughly $4.86 for every $100,000 of assessed property value per year when including state reimbursement for the projects. Without state reimbursement, homeowners would pay approximately $13.86 per $100,000 of assessed property value.
Airport Heights Elementary School
All schools on this proposed bond have been determined by the district to have the greatest need but Airport Heights Elementary School’s need is significant:
The school is in need of a multi-purpose room, and dedicated art, health and music rooms.
The school lacks sufficient space to support special education students with intensive needs.
Building mechanical, electrical, plumbing and control systems are in need of renewal or replacement.
Once improved, the building would serve the students and the community for the next 40 years.
Determining building needs
Two different tools are used to determine the necessity of funds and improvements for all ASD buildings. Schools on the recommended list are ones determined by the district as having the greatest need.
Facility Condition Index (FCI)
The FCI shows deficiencies in building systems such as roofs, boilers, windows and similar items. This may be thought of as the physical condition of the building and its components.
Educational Adequacy (EA)
The EA shows deficiencies in instructional capabilities such as teaching spaces, special purpose areas and other spaces. This may be thought of as the functional use of the building and whether the space is appropriate for the instructional activities within it.
Every year, the FCI and EA for each facility are updated to include the latest changes in building conditions. Reviewing these assessments allows the district to identify which buildings have the greatest needs.
The Airport Heights Community can be proud of the turn out at last night School Board Meeting to support a $22 million renewal of the school. The next step is to seek the approval of the Anchorage Assembly and then the decision is up to Anchorage voters.
After delaying the vote a couple of weeks ago, the School Board voted unanimously to approve the ASD Bond Package, including the full renovation of the school. Airport Heights had many community members speak on behalf of the school. The major issues addressed were the need for a safer traffic flow (Sharon Cissna reported that the PTA was addressing this issue 30 years ago!) and the need for adequate upgrades to meet the demands of a 21st century education.
There is still a long way to go in this process. Next, the Anchorage School District will seek the approval of the Anchorage Assembly to include the Bond Proposal on the April ballot. Then the issue will be left to Anchorage voters.
Municipal election is next Tuesday
The municipal election is Tuesday, April 2. There is one school bond on the ballot, Proposition 1. The $54.8 million bond package would provide funds to improve 27 school buildings in the community.
Girdwood K-8 School construction-$23 million
Aurora Elementary School gym addition-$5.75 million
Bartlett High School cafeteria and kitchen renovation-$4.7 million
Building improvement planning and design projects-$10.7 million
Districtwide building life extension projects-$10.65 million
Visit the district’s bonds page for more information.
For more election information, polling locations and FAQs, visit the Muni’s election Web page or call 243-VOTE. Make an informed and educated decision before heading to the polls next week.
Impartial ballot review
The League of Women Voters of Anchorage has put together an impartial review of the propositions on the April ballot. The League of Women Voters of Anchorage is a non-partisan organization that promotes political responsibility through information and active participation in government. Download the ballot review (PDF).
Yesterday, Anchorage Voter’s approved a bond package that includes funding for Airport Heights School. The design project will look at the current facility and make plans to upgrade the building to current educational standards.
Airport Heights will be keeping you informed along the way and will be very interested in feedback from the community on a potential renovation at the school.
From the Anchorage School District:
Anchorage voters pass school bond Proposition 1
The $59 million school bond package, passed at yesterday’s municipal election. The bond package includes funds for building life extension projects; career and technical education improvements, including a new CTE structure at West High School and Romig Middle School; funds to match a state grant for Service High School; and funds for the Girdwood K-8 School design.
“These improvements will impact students all across the district. I want to extend my gratitude to all staff who helped with our informational bond program over the past few months,” said Superintendent Carol Comeau.