BVH conducted their facility audit and reported the results to the board. They looked at life safety code issues, mechanical/electrical system evaluation, ADA issues, curriculum delivery issues, and reported to the board at their July 2007 meeting.
The y found issues in each of these areas but the major concerns revolved around life safety code issues and curriculum delivery issues.
The group spent a great deal of time on the needs of the High School. They considered a number of solution options that would meet the needs of the district and position the district for future success.
Our current gym was built to accommodate Boy’s High School sports. Since that time we have added girls sports and Junior High sports. Childhood obesity and inactivity has also become an issue in recent years so we have added a mandatory P.E. class for all Junior High students during 7th period. Because of these changes, students walk to and from the 38 Building and the Elementary gym for practices. This is a very really safety concern.
Our current gymnasium is in bad shape. It is in need of a new floor, improved lighting, and new bleachers. If we add a new gymnasium we can forgo the floor and lighting, although the bleachers will still need to be replaced for safety reasons.
A lecture hall/auditorium would be used as an additional classroom, a testing site, a place for all school assemblies, and a practice and performance facility for students participating in arts and music.
A lecture hall/auditorium could also be used by the community to host any of a number of local performances, such as Irish Dance Reviews, community concerts and plays.
The current office area is far to small to conduct the business of the school in a private and organized manner.
The new office and front entrance would have a secure entrance where visitors would have to check in at the office before entering the school itself. This will make the school a safer more secure place.
The O’Neill School Board held a special meeting to address questions and take comment on the proposed project. This meeting took place on April 29th. Over 100 community members attended and were asked to complete a “Big Rock” survey. Those who completed the survey indicated the same priorities as the smaller group, and suggested a bond figure of 8.9 million dollars.
The Building and Grounds committee met with the architect and the engineer. They removed the costly HVAC system, which could legally be paid for with general fund money. They also took the elevated walking track out of the project and made slight modifications to the gymnasium and lecture hall/auditorium.
Tax Impact from an $8.325 million Bond Over a 20 year bond period the impact on your taxes would be: Property Valuation Levy Annually Monthly Daily $ 25,000 0.1305 $ 32.62 $2.72 $0.09 $ 50,000 0.1305 $ 65.24 $5.44 $0.18 $ 75,000 0.1305 $ 97.85 $8.15 $0.27 $ 100,000 0.1305 $130.47 $10.87 $0.36