PCSD School Board votes to go to bond in November
In a unanimous vote at their Tuesday, August 18th board meeting, the governing board of the Park City School District adopted a resolution for a special bond election to be held on November 3, 2015. The proposition states that the issuance is “not to exceed $56-million dollars to finance the acquisition of land, acquire, construct, furnish and equip new school facilities and improve existing facilities and related improvements; and related matters.”
At total cost $66,306,336, which includes the following in this ranking order with the first project ranking the highest:
- PCHS Expansion including gymnasium remodel - $27,500,000
- New 5/6 School at EHMS Campus - $24,800,000
- McPolin Student Safety Improvements - $1,400,000
- Treasure Mountain Junior High Demolition - $606,336
- Athletic Facilities Improvements - $12,000,000
The financial bond strategy also includes using $10,306,336 of the capital reserve.
In addition, the board agreed to add specific language in the Bond Resolution that includes a commitment toward community partnerships to explore transportation solutions for student safety.
“The board’s vote tonight is a groundbreaking step in meeting the demands for our student learning needs and accommodating our growing school district,” says PCSD Superintendent Dr. Ember Conley. “This action is further proof that board is committed to doing what is best for our students, and to providing excellent and innovative education to all grades,” she adds.
In 1999, voters accepted a $30,000,000 bond that constructed Ecker Hill Middle School and Jeremy Ranch Elementary. Currently, the district is financially healthy and has successfully repaid all debt.
Two public hearings have been scheduled, focused on the bond process and educating the public:
- September 22, 6 pm: School District Administrative Offices. Focus of Public Hearing: explaining cost impact and details of bond.
- October 20, 6 pm: School District Administrative Offices
Next steps include forming committees to begin specific designs and programming for each of the projects. These committees include the following:
- McPolin Design Team
- Elementary Committee - boundaries
- 5-8 School Campus Design Team
- PCHS Expansion Design Team
- Athletics Design Team
- Start Times Committee
Updated timeline for governing board decisions
In an effort to allow the PCSD Governing Board time to fully understand all aspects of the details of the master plan, the final presentation to board will be provided on August 5th at the already scheduled retreat. In addition, the legal deadline to submit the bond resolution is August 20th; and we are providing all necessary information in order for the PCSD Governing Board to make an informed decision on August 18th. The agendas for the PCSD Governing Board Meetings will be posted on the following site: www.boarddocs.com/ut/pcsd/Board.nsf/Public
- July 29, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, PCSD District Office, Conference Room A/B
- Master Planning Steering Committee meeting
- August 5, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Ecker Hill Middle School, Media Center
- PCSD Governing Board Retreat with final presentation from Master Planner, Master Planning Steering Committee, Financial Planner, and Superintendent
- August 11, 4:00 PM, PCSD District Office, Conference Room A/B
- PCSD Governing Board will meet to discuss recommendations for final decision on August 18th
- August 18, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, PCSD District Office, Conference Room A/B
- School Board to vote on bond for November Bond Election
Master Planning Overview and Update
The 2015 Draft District Master Plan lays out expansion plans for Park City’s schools that support our mission of innovation and excellence in public education and a vision to become one of the top 10 school districts in the nation. It takes into consideration the recent growth of the district, projected enrollments, and capacities at each school site.
As a proactive measure, the governing board has been planning for the future and has a capital budget of approximately $19 Million. First, the total capital improvements are driven by capacity. (See capacity percentages below – capacity is a state statute formula) PCSD has reached capacity in five of the seven district schools. PCSD has experienced a 4% annual growth rate over the last three years and forecasting 2.5% over the next five years. Starting in 2015, Trailside Elementary will add trailers at the site to hold current students and Parley’s Park has undergone a summer remodel to assist with exceeding capacity issues. In addition, we continue to receive financial information to repair the structure, sewer, pipes, and soil for Treasure Mountain. To date, the estimated amount to repair Treasure Mountain ranges from $20-$22 million with an estimated cost to build a new school is $25-27 Million.
Capacity Percentages – 90% and above is determined to be at capacity
PCHS - 102.2%
TMJH - 90.4%
EHMS - 84.7
In addition, the plan specifics are driven by our grade realignment, which supports research-based decisions to increase student academic success by minimizing school transitions and providing adequate learning environments to meet programming needs. Link to April 2015 Community Forums regarding grade realignment
Additional athletic-related facilities are also under consideration in the plan, including modifications to expand locker facilities, adding tennis courts, and expanding the current gymnasium, which does not meet the growth of the high school population. The locker rooms are not adequate to meet the current enrollment in sporting events. The gymnasium is outdated with a floor that needs significant repairs.
In an effort to share the current state of the district and building needs, we have held at least 30 public meetings since September with over 400 community participants, not including the individual staff meetings reaching over 500 employees for a total of over 900 participants.
As the process continues, the board has careful consideration to total cost and tax impact. Fiscal responsibility is a key responsibility that the PCSD Governing Board takes seriously.