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    SCHOOL. COMMUNITY. OPPORTUNITIES.
    The Sauk Centre Public School Board calls for a special election on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, to renew existing technology levy and authorize general obligation bonds not to exceed $26,450,000 for facility improvements.

    QUESTION 1: Renewal of Capital Project Levy to Fund Technology
    The board of Independent School District No. 743 (Sauk Centre Public Schools) has proposed a capital project levy authorization of 2.281% times the net tax capacity of the school district. This authorization would renew the school district’s existing authorization which is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2021. The proposed capital project levy authorization will raise approximately $259,805 for taxes payable in 2022, the first year it is to be levied, and would be authorized for six years. The estimated total cost of the projects to be funded over that time period is approximately $1,558,830. The additional revenue from the proposed capital project levy authorization will provide funds for the acquisition, installation, replacement, support and maintenance of software, software licenses, computers, improved technology equipment, networks, infrastructure, and the costs of technology related personnel and training.

    Shall the capital project levy authorization proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 743 be approved?

    QUESTION 2: Approval of School District Bond Issue
    Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 743 (Sauk Centre Public Schools) also be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $26,450,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including renovations and ADA-accessibility improvements to existing restrooms in the secondary building, the construction and equipping of an early childhood center, storm shelter, and outdoor projects yard at the elementary school, remodeling and improvements to the existing elementary school library and computer lab, remodeling and improvements to create learning communities at the elementary school, the remodeling and equipping of the elementary school special education suite, the addition of a sensory room at that site, subdividing existing elementary classrooms to create smaller classrooms and break-out areas, the construction and equipping of new entrances and learning commons in the secondary building, the remodeling and equipping of the media center, staff lounge, career and technical education spaces, the construction and equipping a new cafeteria and storm shelter at the secondary school building, remodeling and improvements to create a culinary arts learning space with break-out areas, renovations to the existing science lab to create classrooms and storage areas, upgrades and improvements to lighting, boilers, water distribution systems, the central clock and public address system, and the construction of roofing repairs and improvements at the elementary school and auditorium?

    NEEDS AND SCOPE

    QUESTION #1 Scope Items (Renewal of Capital Project Levy to Fund Technology):
    Question #1 on the November 2nd ballot is to continue the current Technology Levy that was approved six years ago and is expiring after this year.  This levy provides a dedicated source of technology funding for our school district.  If approved by voters, these dedicated funds would continue to provide our students and staff with the support and technology infrastructure needed to maximize classroom learning as well as continue with safety and security in our buildings. Because this would be a renewal of the current technology levy that is in place – there would be no additional tax impact.

    QUESTION #2 Scope Items (approval of School District Bond Issue):

    • ADA-accessibility improvements to existing restrooms in the secondary building
    • The construction and equipping of an early childhood center, storm shelter, and outdoor projects yard at the elementary school 
    • Remodeling and improvements to the existing elementary school library and computer lab 
    • Remodeling and improvements to create learning communities at the elementary school 
    • The remodeling and equipping of the elementary school special education suite, the addition of a sensory room at that site, subdividing existing elementary classrooms to create smaller classrooms and break- out areas 
    • The construction and equipping of a learning commons in the secondary building 
    • The remodeling and equipping of the media center, staff lounge, career and technical education spaces 
    • The construction and equipping of a new cafeteria and storm shelter at the secondary school building 
    • Remodeling and improvements to create a culinary arts learning space with break-out areas 
    • Renovations to the existing science lab to create classrooms and storage areas. 
    • Upgrades and improvements to lighting, boilers, water distribution systems, the central clock and public address system 
    • The construction of roofing repairs and improvements at the elementary school and auditorium 

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    Information/Open House #1
    Thursday, September 30th
    5:00pm - 7:30pm
    HS Cafeteria

    Information/Open House #2
    Tuesday, October 12th
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
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    patrick.westby@isd743.org

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