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WHAT IS THE SCHOOL PLANT FACILITIES LEVY?

 

 

The School Plant Facilities Levy is a renewable, voter-approved levy that generates funds a school district can use for its infrastructure, including:

  • Security and school safety
  • General maintenance
  • Improvements, renovation and construction
  • Equipment.

 

VOTE on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

  • VOTE YES/NO to renew the School Plant Facilities Levy.
  • Polls open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Voting will be at various locations designated by Bannock County. Election Consolidation Law requires Bannock County to run all elections.
  • NOTE: Voters must vote at their residential precinct location.
    • For voting locations contact Bannock County Elections at (208) 236-7330 or visit bannockcounty.us/elections.
  • Early walk-in voting begins Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Bannock County Elections Office. Early voting ends on Friday, March 6, 2020.

 

School Plant Facilities Levy Renewal Facts and Information Sheet

 

School Plant Facilities Levy info pg1. Information is also downloadable at link below. School Plant Facilities Levy info pg2. Information is also downloadable at link below.

Downloadable Documents

 

PCSD25 LogoFAQ: SCHOOL PLANT FACILITIES LEVY RENEWAL

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WHAT IS THE 10-YEAR SCHOOL PLANT FACILITIES LEVY RENEWAL?

The School Plant Facilities Levy is a ten-year renewable, voter-approved levy that generates funds a school district can use for its infrastructure, including security and school safety; general maintenance; improvements, renovation and construction; and equipment. The School Plant Facilities Levy supports about seven to eight (7-8) percent of PCSD 25’s annual budget. The School Plant Facilities Levy goes up for renewal every ten (10) years. The School Plant Facilities Levy has been in place since 1961.

 

WHAT IS PCSD 25 RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING WHEN IT COMES TO OUR COMMUNITIES EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES?

From roof repairs to security system upgrades, school districts have a responsibility that requires continual maintenance and upkeep of facilities in order to maintain healthy and safe learning environments. As the 5th largest school district in Idaho, PCSD 25 is responsible for the upkeep, repair and maintenance of facilities and equipment valued at $250 million dollars.

 

PCSD 25’s facilities include:

  • 28 buildings,
  • 1.6 million square feet of building space,
  • 205 acres of grass,
  • 55 acres of parking lots and playgrounds
  • 16 miles of sidewalks, and
  • 29 gyms and multipurpose areas.

 

DIDN’T OUR COMMUNITY JUST VOTE TO PASS A LEVY IN 2019?

Yes, voters approved the renewal of PCSD 25’s two-year Supplemental Levy on March 12, 2019. The Supplemental Levy is a renewable levy that supports increased costs to maintain existing programs and educational services for more than 12,500 learners living in the boundaries of the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. The Supplemental Levy supports about twelve (12) percent of PCSD 25’s operating costs. The Supplemental Levy is up for renewal every two years. The School Plant Facilities Levy is a ten-year levy that provides funds that PCSD 25 can use for the routine maintenance, upkeep, repair, renovation and construction of its facilities.

 

WHY DOES THE LEVY RENEWAL REQUIRE 55% OF VOTES TO PASS?

Refer to 33-804, Idaho Statutes, TITLE 33, EDUCATION, CHAPTER 8, BUDGET AND TAX LEVY

https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title33/T33CH8/SECT33-804/, which states:

“Fifty-five percent (55%) of the electors voting in such election are in favor thereof if the levy will result in a total levy for school plant facilities and bonded indebtedness of less than two-tenths of one percent (.2%) of market value for assessment purposes as such valuation existed on December 31 of the year immediately preceding the election;”

 

HOW ARE FUNDS FROM THE iDAHO LOTTERY USED?

PCSD 25 receives anywhere from $400,000 to $700,000 annually from the Idaho Lottery. Lottery monies are combined with the School Plant Facilities Levy dollars to fund the PCSD 25’s ongoing Capital Improvement Projects.

 

HOW ARE FUNDS FROM SCHOOL PLANT FACILITIES LEVY USED?

PCSD 25 maintains a five-year replacement schedule on all educational facilities that is updated and reprioritized annually. A sample plan from 2018-2019 is included below:

 

REPLACEMENT SCHEDULES

 

BID

2020-21

 

 

 

 

Asphalt

 

Y

$ 94,000

Asphalt Running Tracks & Tennis Courts

 

Y

1,452,500

Boilers

 

Y

1,500

Buses   

 

Y

733,764

Carpeting & Tile

 

Y

234,126

Concrete

 

Y

87,572

Entry Doors

 

Y

71,500

Heavy Equipment

 

Y

114,800

Heating/Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)

 

Y

735,000

Intercoms

 

 

2,500

Kitchen - $ (funded by School Lunch)

 

 

508,300

Lighting

 

N

41,000

Lockers

 

 

0

Painting

 

 

33,300

Panic Bar

 

 

34,000

Restrooms

 

 

109,000

Roofing

 

Y

334,280

Safety Equipment

 

 

3,200

Sprinklers

 

 

52,000

Technology  (prior year $718,855)

 

Y

781,000

Telephone Systems

 

Y

2,500

Vehicles

 

Y

222,500

Windows

 

 

12,000

       

          TOTAL ESTIMATED REPLACEMENT SCHEDULES

SCHEDULES

 

 

$ 5,152,042

 

WHAT IS PCSD 25’s PROCESS FOR IDENTIFYING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS?

PCSD 25 maintains a five-year replacement schedule on all educational facilities that is updated and reprioritized annually. Long-term planning is based on direction from the Board of Trustees in collaboration with District administrators, as well as input and recommendations from the Capital Improvement Program and outdoor facilities committees.

 

WHAT SPECIFIC PROJECTS DID THE LEVY FUND OVER THE PAST DECADE?

Many of the buildings in School District 25 are fifty-years old and older. One of the main functions of a school district is to ensure that schools can operate for another 50 to 100 years through accountability, fiscal responsibility and planning. Projects completed within 10-20 year with funds from the School Plant Facilities Levy include the following (please note, this is a sampling of projects and not a complete list):

 

DISTRICTWIDE:

  • Security and safety enhancements:

    • Installation of video doorbell system for visitor identification;

    • Door access systems;

    • Camera & security systems;

  • Routine maintenance and repair at all building facilities;

  • Speakers and cabling;

  • Technology systems (computers, servers, network cabling, switches, wireless network, USPs, projectors, PC repair, network maintenance, vehicles);

  • New gym lighting (all middle and high schools)

  • Centralized and automated HVAC system for energy savings;

  • Window replacements at every school for energy efficiency;

  • Installation of telephones in every classroom;

  • Installation of whiteboards in every classroom;

 

Chubbuck Elementary School (Built 1968):

Paint, carpet and tile flooring improvements; land acquisition and addition of north parking lot; main entry improvement with suspended ceiling.

Edahow Elementary School (Built 1965):

Parking lot and bus loading redesign; complete restroom remodel; HVAC system replacement (Summer 2020); gym/multipurpose floor resurfacing.

 

Ellis Elementary School (Built 1984):

Parking lot and bus loading redesign; paint, carpet and tile flooring improvements; sidewalk repair and replacement.

 

Gate City Elementary School (Built 1980):

Playground seal coating; roof replacement; media center remodel; HVAC system replacement.

 

Greenacres Elementary School (Built 1954):

Main entrance door replacement and other entrance improvements; lighting improvements; complete restroom remodel; new boiler; HVAC system replacement; basement finishing project with addition of three classrooms.

 

Indian Hills Elementary School (Built 1968):

Installation of new playground funded by PTA; paint and carpet improvements; exterior improvements to metal siding.

 

Jefferson Elementary School (Built 1980):

Roof replacement; parking lot seal coating; panic bar/locksets replacements; HVAC system replacement.

 

Lewis & Clark Elementary School (Built 1953):

Replaced all ceiling and lighting; carpet improvements; main office remodel; sidewalk repair and replacement; roofing improvements; boiler system replacement.

 

Syringa Elementary School (Built 1962):

HVAC system replacement; roofing improvements; playground asphalt and parking lot improvement with addition of bus turnaround area.

 

Tendoy Elementary School (Built 1959):

Playground addition with new asphalt; complete restroom remodel; parking lot improvements.

 

Tyhee Elementary School (Built 1962):

Entry, curbing and parking lot/bus lane improvements; HVAC system replacement; 6-classroom addition to accommodate Montessori; relocation of and improvement to playground.

 

Washington Elementary School (Built 1920):

Partial HVAC system replacement for cafeteria and upper floor; tile flooring improvements.

 

Wilcox Elementary School (Built 1975):

Exterior lighting; paint, carpet and tile flooring improvements; panic bar/locksets replacements; media center/classroom remodel.

 

Lincoln Early Childhood Center (Built 1959):

Flood restoration and remodel; HVAC system replacement; exterior drivet/stucco; paint, carpet and tile flooring improvements; playground extension; security fencing.

 

Alameda Middle School (Built 1952):

$2.5 million remodel, including complete cafeteria and restroom remodel, to reopen AMS as District’s 4th middle school; complete gym floor resurfacing; lighting improvements; heat plant roofing.

 

Franklin Middle School (Built 1965):

Parking lot/bus lane improvements; installation of elevator for ADA accessibility; front entry vestibule construction; paint, carpet and tile flooring improvements; gym door replacement.

 

Hawthorne Middle School (Built 1956):

Track resurfacing, new football field with sprinkler system and fencing; bus loading redesign; roofing project; sidewalk repair and replacement; front entry vestibule construction; complete gym floor refinishing.

 

Irving Middle School (Built 1923 & 1989):

Paint, lighting and flooring improvements; water heater system installation; HVAC system replacement; new bleachers and fencing in cooperation with CWCP; connection of Irving with former Jefferson Elementary School building, including the construction of the new gym and locker rooms, and remodel into 6th grade classroom wing).

 

Century High School (Built 1999):

New track, football field improvements and installation of stadium lights; tennis court resurfacing; boiler replacement; school entry sign; wrestling and weight room improvements; water softener rebuild; sidewalk repair and replacement; HVAC system replacement (half in 2020 and half in 2021)

 

Highland High School (Built 1962):

Construction of Iron Horse Stadium, including football field, track, stadium seating and stadium lighting; tennis court resurfacing; C & E building enclosure; C, B & E building remodel; entrance lighting and improvements; paint, carpet and tile flooring improvements; media center remodel; complete restroom remodel; various classroom entry door replacements; HVAC system replacement; lighting improvements; E building roofing; complete gym floor replacement (Summer 2020).

 

Pocatello High School (Built 1938):

Main entrance and administrative office renovation; addition of ADA accessibility to main building; ITB building renovation to accommodate career technical education programs; Addition of Palace gym and subsequent gym floor refinishing; Pit gym floor refinishing; window replacement; lighting improvements; painting improvements; East addition roofing; new addition of tennis courts and subsequent resurfacing; media center remodel; complete restroom remodel; HVAC system replacement; complete electrical system upgrade;

 

New Horizon Center (Built 2012):

Construction of school; addition of outdoor commons area with overhead shelter; panic bar/locksets replacements.

 

Transportation Department/Bus Garage:

Acquisition of land adjacent to bus garage and addition and redesign of bus parking lot; bus replacements (responsible for approximately 20% of costs not funded by the State of Idaho).

 

Technology Service Center (Built 1978):

Remodel of former alternate high school location to relocate Technology Service Center.

 

Maintenance Shop:

Lawn and grounds equipment purchases or replacement; snow removal equipment or replacement; system controls;

 

Gateway Center (Built 1961):

Remodeled into professional development and training center.

 

Property Acquisition:

Property to expand PCSD 25 bus garage; property adjacent to Franklin Middle School for potential elementary site; Parcel on Chubbuck Road and Olympus; additional sites continually evaluated and considered to address current and projected needs.

 

IF RENEWED, WHAT SPECIFIC PROJECTS WILL THE LEVY FUND?

PCSD 25 maintains a five-year replacement schedule on all educational facilities that is updated and reprioritized annually. Long-term planning is based on direction from the Board of Trustees in collaboration with District administrators, as well as input and recommendations from the Capital Improvement Projects and outdoor facilities committees. In addition to maintenance of the five-year replacement schedule, PCSD is is exploring a partnership with Idaho State University for the expansion of our career-technical education (CTE) programs, similar to programs currently operating in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene. Discussions have focused on securing the property adjacent to the Eames Complex on Alvin Ricken Road. All discussions to date are preliminary, and no formal presentation has been made from the PCSD 25 administration to the Board of Trustees. The need for robust CTE programming has grown both statewide and nationally. As we move forward to meet our local needs, we will be reaching out to the business community about our programs and offerings to explore further educational partnerships. In addition, PCSD 25 continually monitors current enrollment needs along with projected enrollment based on anticipated growth in the Pocatello and Chubbuck communities over the next five to ten years.

 

HOW LONG DOES THE SCHOOL PLANT FACILITIES LEVY LAST?

The School Plant Facilities Levy is a ten-year levy. If passed, PCSD 25 will be able to utilize money collected every year for the next ten years, or from Fiscal Year 2022 through Fiscal Year 2031. The School Plant Facilities Levy has been in place for more than six decades.

 

HOW MUCH WILL THE DISTRICT RECEIVE FROM THE LEVY?

If passed, the levy will provide $6,408,935 million starting in Fiscal Year 2022 and increase five (5) percent per year to account for inflation for a total of ten years through 2031.

 

HOW WILL THIS LEVY IMPACT MY TAXES?

The estimated average annual cost to taxpayers for the proposed levy is $141.62 per $100,000 taxable value based on the most current levy rate 0.1416168 percent. The estimated annual cost to the taxpayer per $100,000 of taxable value is $141.62 per year, or $11.80 per month.

 

WHEN AND WHERE DO I VOTE?

Vote Tuesday, March 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at your residential precinct location. Early walk-in voting begins Tuesday, February 18 at the Bannock County Elections Office. Early voting ends on Friday, March 6. Contact the Bannock County Elections office for more information: 208.236.7330 or visit bannockcounty.us/elections.