The Columbia Heights Public Schools Board of Education voted to place three Bond Referendum questions on the Nov. 6 ballot. These requests are for a bond not to exceed $17,013,311 for safety, security and modernization of educational spaces at North Park Elementary School and Columbia Heights High School.
This Bond Referendum:
• Improves safety and security deficiencies at North Park’s building entrance, student drop-off and play areas.
• Modernizes North Park Elementary School to provide for today’s learners.
• Modernizes aging performing arts spaces and creates new instrumental arts space at Columbia Heights High School.
• Enhances community access and facility use.
All Columbia Heights Public Schools students will benefit from the passage of the proposed Bond Referendum questions. The improvements planned for North Park Elementary address the school’s building security and educational needs to match other District and area schools. The plans proposed for improved art spaces at the High School gives the District opportunity to retain and expand its performing and instrumental arts programming to keep our “hearts in the arts.” Community, civic and arts organizations can also expect to benefit from the passage from the 2018 Bond Referendum questions through increased access and modernization of space.
Estimated Tax Impact
Taxable Market Value Annual Monthly
These are approximates as of May 2018 for $17 million at 3.4487 percent true interest cost. The May 2017 estimates were calculated at 3.357% True Interest Cost (TIC); 2018 calculations also impacted by $1.3 million or 8.3 percent increase in net tax capacity for the school district.
For More Information...
For more information on the 2018 Bond Referendum, contact Director of Technolog, Security and Building Operations Bryan Hennekens at 763-528-4479.
Bond Referendum Overview
Resolution with the three ballot questions
School Board Chair John Larkin's article "Why We Are Asking Voters to Support a 2018 Capital Building Bond" (June 2018)