The Mounds View School Board voted to move forward with a bond referendum that intends on funding district facility needs at the June 27 meeting.
A Mounds View facilities task force identified about $250 million worth of needs in the district, which were prioritized by administration, resulting in about $165 million worth of improvements.
School board member Mary Jo Sager said it has been 18 years since the school district has asked the community to support a facilities bond.
School board member John Weinhagen added, “it’s been a long time since we’ve made a significant capital investment in our facilities and it’s just time.”
School board chair Amy Jones said the additions and improvements to the school district’s spaces are also beneficial to the community.
“There are 200 community groups that use our buildings for over 20,000 community events across the district,” Jones said. “So many pieces are used much longer than just the school day. This is really a community investment.”
“We are strongly supporting this bond request moving forward knowing that it will impact the students that we currently have, the students that we anticipate to join the district other the next few years, which is a significant increase for us, and also our entire community,” Jones said.
Although some families that live in the district do not have children currently attending school, community members can take advantage of the district’s buildings through adult education classes, attending theater performances, renting spaces for meetings or special events and more.
For the potential bond referendum, administration determined that the tax impact would be roughly less than $20 a month for a median value homeowner of $275,000.
The bond referendum will move forward to the Minnesota Department of Education for review and comment and will be on the ballot this Election Day.
Visit www.moundsviewschools.org/facilities to learn more about the facilities task force and its recommendations.