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Grinnell Bond 2018

Grinnell-Newburg School District Bond Results and Next Steps: A Message from the Superintendent
I would like to thank all of our families, staff and community members for heading to the polls this past Tuesday.  Although the bond did not pass with a 60% +1, it was evident that a simple majority of the community is in favor of our new plan.  The bond did not pass by 214 votes.  Please know that I will be making a recommendation to the board to go to the polls again later in the year with the same plan and the same ballot questions.  It is what our district needs: a PreK-5 new elementary school, completely gut and renovate the middle school, and renovate parts of the high school.   Currently, the district does not have funds to fix all 5 of our schools major systems such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing.    
 
I will be meeting with our Board of Education to discuss timeline for the next bond vote.  The district is required, under the law, to wait six months before bringing this back to our voters.  I look forward to the continued work with our community.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.   
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Janet M. Stutz
Superintendent
Grinnell-Newburg Schools
 
 
The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District has spent the last year and a half listening to the community, staff and students while assessing current conditions of the facilities in the school district.  This page details the facilities plan. 

Bond Information Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bond website graphicThe average life span of a school facility is 65 years.  The average age of our facilities is 62 years old.  Critical updates to major systems will cost the district $33-$47 million dollars, without providing any educational improvements, and leaving many necessary updates undone.

Knowing all of this, the district has developed a plan to build a new PreK-5th grade elementary school on the 4th avenue site, completely gut and renovate the current middle school, and renovate major critical systems at the high school.

This concept would extend the life of our school facilities for many years to come. 

With this plan all our facilities would have enhanced security to our entry ways, safety enhancements, storm shelters, new HVAC systems, and upgrades to electrical and plumbing while meeting the desired outcomes of the community: Opportunities, inclusiveness, innovation, partnerships, and career/college readiness.  The concept plan was determined to align with the desired community outcomes. 

 

For a quick summary of information click on the flyer above.  We invite you to visit the informational web site exclusively hosting Grinnell bond referendum information at http://bondissue.org/grinnellIf you have further questions regarding the bond referendum, please feel free to contact Dr. Janet M. Stutz via email at janet.stutz@grinnell-k12.org or by phone at 641-236-2700.