2014 school bond
One school bond on
April 2014 ballot
$57.2 million bond package will fund improvements at 19 schools in Anchorage, Girdwood, Chugiak and Eagle River.
- Bond flier and map (PDF)
- Bond Project Descriptions 2014 (PDF)
- Bond projects map
- Board memo #47: Approval of FY 2013-14 Bond Proposal
- Assembly Ordinance 2013-135
19 schools slated for improvement
The 2014 municipal election ballot will include one Anchorage School District bond proposition. The $57.2 million bond package was approved for the ballot by the Anchorage Assembly last month and will be put before voters on April 1.
Nineteen schools in Anchorage, Girdwood, Chugiak and Eagle River are proposed for improvements along with the ASD student nutrition building. The following is a breakdown of what voters will evaluate this spring:
- Airport Heights Elementary School addition/renovation design and construction – $22.8 million
- Planning and design projects at four schools – $5.9 million
- Renewal and building life extension projects at 17 schools – $28.5 million
The bond proposition, if passed, would mean that the average Anchorage homeowner would pay roughly $4.86 for every $100,000 of assessed property value per year when including state reimbursement for the projects. Without state reimbursement, homeowners would pay approximately $13.86 per $100,000 of assessed property value.
Airport Heights Elementary School
All schools on this proposed bond have been determined by the district to have the greatest need but Airport Heights Elementary School's need is significant:
- The school is in need of a multi-purpose room, and dedicated art, health and music rooms.
- The school lacks sufficient space to support special education students with intensive needs.
- Building mechanical, electrical, plumbing and control systems are in need of renewal or replacement.
- Once improved, the building would serve the students and the community for the next 40 years.
Determining building needs
Two different tools are used to determine the necessity of funds and improvements for all ASD buildings. Schools on the recommended list are ones determined by the district as having the greatest need.
- Facility Condition Index (FCI)
The FCI shows deficiencies in building systems such as roofs, boilers, windows and similar items. This may be thought of as the physical condition of the building and its components.
- Educational Adequacy (EA)
The EA shows deficiencies in instructional capabilities such as teaching spaces, special purpose areas and other spaces. This may be thought of as the functional use of the building and whether the space is appropriate for the instructional activities within it.
Every year, the FCI and EA for each facility are updated to include the latest changes in building conditions. Reviewing these assessments allows the district to identify which buildings have the greatest needs.
$259 million in bond debt retired
State has history of supporting ASD
The majority of the projects in the 2013 bond package qualified for 60-70 percent state debt reimbursement or matching grants. Find the history of state debt reimbursement since 1976.
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