Bond Information You Need to Know

The Board has been working with a community taskforce to guide and direct the process to determine what facility improvements are priority and what the community would support. This committee included parents, city leaders, community members, alumni, educators and business owners. Their prioritized criteria for projects centered around providing 21st Century Learning Environments, Community Collaboration Opportunities, Infrastructure efficiencies and sustainability, and finances.

What We Are Proposing

5 Year Construction Sequence

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our educational system and facilities are an important asset to the growth of our community. We are excited about the potential growth and development opportunities that are arising and want to plan accordingly for that growth. We believe by investing in our facilities we will create better learning opportunites to retain students and great teachers, and potentially grow our student enrollment.

The Board had Estes Construction complete a thorough assessment of all district facilities in 2015 to help prioritize needs and projects. The first priority was West Elementary, and that was completed in 2016. In 2019, the Board had the assessment updated in efforts to continue our short-term and long-term planning.

The Board acknowledged the report and decided to proceed with forming a community taskforce to guide and direct the process to determine what facility improvements are priority and what the community would support. This committee included parents, city leaders, community members, alumni, educators, and business owners. Their prioritized criteria for projects centered around providing 21st Century Learning Environments, Community Collaboration Opportunities, Infrastructure efficiencies and sustainability, and finances.

During the construction of the new Middle School, the students will not be relocated and will continue their classes in the existing building. Once the new building is complete the Middle School students will be moved into their new space and the 3rd-5th grade students will relocate to old Middle School building while work at Northstar Elementary is completed. Once the Northstar renovations are complete demolition of the existing Middle School building will commence.

The cost for renovating the existing building and just bringing it up to code for ADA and fire compliance would be approximately $10-11 million dollars. All of the mechanical systems are underground and very expensive and difficult to replace. The new building will cost about $16 million dollars and be much more efficient in terms of on-going costs, especially in regards to utilities.

If we renovate the building, we will only be addressing the code issues and will likely need to invest in the building again in the next decade as it is a 70-year-old brick building that will require additional work on the structure that won’t be addressed with this project. Although these updates would provide improvements to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and other maintenance items – it would not impact the majority of our educational spaces for our students.

The plan is essentially to build a stand-alone Middle School that is attached to the High School. The main benefit to centralizing our 6th-12th grade students is to be able to allow for closer proximity to amenities, more collaboration and mentorship opportunities, improved use of resources, and provide better and more parking for centralized events.

There are two major reasons why a two-story building design was desired. The first is a two-story facility has a much smaller footprint than a single-story facility. This provided us flexibility for future additions. The second reason was during our facility tours, we agreed that a multi-story facility provided a better sense of community than a spread out, single-story option.

The two-story design will also include an elevator to meet all ADA requirements and federal fire codes.

During construction, the District will utilize the practice fields at the current middle school, along with additional fields available through community partnerships. After the new middle school construction is complete, and demo of the existing building takes place, the District will use practice fields at both the high school and old middle school campuses.

We will have more parking spaces in our new plan than what we have combined at KMS & KHS together currently. When we complete a more detailed traffic study, we will know exactly how large each parking lot will be and which ones we will want to expand due to the best entrances for events.

Just like now, we will be able to accommodate a middle school game and high school game on the same night – or a middle school event and KPAC event at the same time. We currently DO NOT have KMS, KHS and KPAC events at the same time and would also plan to avoid those in the future. It’s too much for our families/staff and facilities even with the middle school in the current location.

Current parking spots

Total KMS spaces = 200
Total KHS spaces = 355
Total KMS/KHS spaces = 555           Proposed KMS/KHS spaces = 700-750

A general obligation (GO) bond is a method of long-term financing that a school district may use to borrow money for construction projects. This spreads the cost of the project over a number of years, similar to a home mortgage.

Below is the estimated impact for commercial property assessed at the following values:

$100,000       $15.75/mo.
$500,000       $78.75/mo.
$1,000,000    $157.50/mo.

The rollback is different when calculating commercial property, versus residential or agriculture. A more in-depth breakdown can be found here: Tax Impact

Voting Information

Any registered voter living within the Knoxville School District boundaries is eligible to participate in the election. Election day will be Tuesday, March 3rd, with the polls open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Not sure if you are a registered voter? Find out here.

You can find your polling location here.

You MUST update your information if you change your name, address, or party affiliation. You can find more information about voter registration and updating your registration here.

Click here to access a voter registration form.

Yes. Find out more information about absentee voting and request your ballot here.

All ballots must be returned before Election Day, Tuesday, March 3rd.

Contact the Marion County Auditor’s office at 641-828-6351, or by email:

Jake Grandia:  jgrandia@co.marion.ia.us

Jody Koffman: jkoffman@co.marion.ia.us

Where to Vote

Any registered voter living within the Knoxville School District boundaries is eligible to participate in the election.

Harvey Community Center
Clay Township

Indiana Township Community Center
Indiana

Knoxville School Admin. Bldg.
Knoxville City Ward 1

Knoxville Public Library
Knoxville City Ward 2

Community of Christ Church
Knoxville City Ward 3

Dyer Hudson Hall
Knoxville City Ward 4

Marion Co. Public Health Building
Knoxville Township

Otley Reformed Church
Otley

Columbia Fire Station
Washington

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