Bond Information You Need to Know

Following a six month process of assessment, surveys and committee meetings the School Board reviewed data, information, and a final facility recommendation presented by the facility committee. The data prioritized needs of the District that centered around safety and educational improvements to all buildings. Continue reading to learn more about the proposed improvements!

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How Was The Need Determined?

Facility Assessment

  • Building Systems
  • Learning Space
  • Safety
  • Education Capacity

Staff Surveys

  • 141 Participants
  • 5,358 Ratings
  • 341 Thoughts

Facility Committee

  • Community Members
  • Business Owners & Farmers
  • Board Members
  • School Staff/Administration

Why is Now the Time?

Learning and maintenance issues must be addressed. Some of our aging systems are 25 years past their life expectancy and our learning environments do not meet the needs of today’s students. The District is interested in a long-term solution rather than a short-term fix. This project allows the District to catch up on aging system replacements and proactively budget and plan for future facility needs. We’re building for the next generation of Harlan students and families!

Facility Assessment

Increase Technology

Expanded Curriculum

Aging Systems & Equipment

Proactive Maintenance Plan

Increase Flexibility

What We Are Proposing

Click here to view the proposed District campus site plan.

How Will This Impact Our Students?

This project would allow for improvements that impact ALL students. As learning and teaching styles improve and evolve, facilities need to support these changes.

Renovating and improving the intermediate building did not prove cost effective when compared to building new. Renovating with an addition estimated costs of $11-14.4M vs. building new of $14-15.5M. A new intermediate building (3rd-5th grade), attached to the current elementary school allows for modern learning environments and additional safety features.

The metal panel walls in the high school provide poor acoustical separation from neighboring rooms, and do not contain the electrical capacity to support growing technological needs. Replacing these walls and reconfiguring classrooms will address these issues while creating collaborative, small-group spaces and a welcoming modern environment. High school improvements will consist of approximately half the budget.

What is Your Impact?

The District’s top priority was to keep the tax impact of the project as low as possible for our community.

Use the calculators to the right to find YOUR tax impact based on your home or agricultural property.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning and maintenance issues must be addressed. Some of our aging systems are 25 years past their life expectancy and our learning environments do not meet the needs of today’s students. The District is interested in a long-term solution rather than a short-term fix. This project allows the District to catch up on aging system replacements and proactively budget and plan for future facility needs. We’re building for the next generation of Harlan students and families!

Construction will be phased to complete multiple areas during the Summer months when school is not in session. Maintenance and system updates will be be planned as efficiently as possible. This will limit the amount of disruption to student learning.

With a successful bond election, we plan to begin design shortly after. Construction will begin summer of 2023 and span multiple phases until all scope is complete.

The first question on the ballot is asking you to approve a General Obligation (GO) bond for $22,900,000 to assist in funding the proposed projects. The GO bond requires 60% approval to pass.

The second question on the ballot is asking you to approve an extension of the current Revenue Purpose Statement which will allow the District to allocate funds from the Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) program to the construction projects. The Revenue Purpose Statement will not increase taxes and requires 50% approval to pass.

The project will be funded with SAVE and a General Obligation bond as follows:

$22,900,000 – General Obligation (GO) Bond

A 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.

$9,100,000 – SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education)

SAVE is money collected through a one-cent statewide sales tax to help Iowa schools make significant progress in addressing overdue facility and equipment needs.

Voting Information

Any registered voter living within the Harlan Comunity School District boundaries is eligible to participate in the election.  Election day will be September 13, 2022, with the polls open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

View map to find out if you are eligible to vote.

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

Yes. Find out more information about absentee voting, deadlines or to request your ballot here. Ballots must be sent in by August 29th.

Yes, you may vote early in-person at the Auditor’s office (2nd floor of the courthouse) from August 23rd – September 12th from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Contact the County auditor: Mark Maxwell

(P) (712) 755-3200
(E) mmaxwell@shco.org

Where to Vote

HARLAN
Therkildsen Activity Center

7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

EARLING
St. Joseph’s Hall

7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Questions? Let Us Help!

Countdown to Vote

Tuesday,
September 13, 2022

7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Therkildsen Activity Center
Harlan

St. Joseph’s Hall
Earling

Early voting begins August 23

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What is My Tax Impact?

Use these simple calculators to determine how the bond measure will impact your property taxes. 

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