April 2013 school bond
Voters approve school bond proposition #1
The $54.8 million bond package will fund improvements at 27 schools, including Girdwood K-8 School construction.
- Informational flier (PDF)
- Assembly Ordinance AO 2012-98
- Board memo #34: Approval of FY 2012-13 Bond Proposal
- Facility Condition Index, August 2012 (PDF)
- 2013 ASD school bond recommendation list (PDF)
ASD had one bond on the April 2013 ballot which was approved by voters. The $54.8 million bond package will provide funds to improve 27 school buildings in the community.
- Girdwood K-8 School construction–$23 million
- Aurora Elementary School gym addition–$5.75 million
- Bartlett High School cafeteria and kitchen renovation–$4.7 million
- Building improvement planning and design projects–$10.7 million
- Districtwide building life extension projects–$10.65 million
The package qualifies for 60-70 percent reimbursement from the state, lowering the overall burden on taxpayers.
The 2013 bond package focuses on facilities with the highest needs based on the Facility Condition Index (FCI) and Educational Adequacy (EA) evaluations.
Girdwood K-8 School’s need is significant:
- The school is over capacity as the population has outgrown the building.
- According to the district’s EA data, Girdwood’s need is three times higher than any other ASD school.
Determining building needs
Last year, the district developed a new process to determine its facility needs. Building conditions are now based on two main evaluation tools:
- 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.
$247 million in bond debt retired
State has history of supporting ASD
The majority of the projects in the 2012 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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