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Facility Planning Moving Towards a February Bond Issue

Posted November 05, 2013 in Adel, Community Blogs

Following a year-long facility master planning process and detailed discussion at recent board meetings, plans are moving forward on calling a General Obligation Bond Issue to be on the ballot for February 4, 2014.

Critical talking points and general information regarding these plans include:

  • Total project costs are estimated to be $l3.5 million.
  • This is anticipated to be a “no tax rate increase” issue. Our debt service levy will remain at $3.62/thousand. A small amount of our annual sales tax revenue will be used to abate the small increase in the debt service levy. The board has remained committed to keep our tax rate levy stable for our patrons. This plan reflects that commitment.
  • Enrollment is projected to increase by approximately 500 students by 2022-23. This plan accommodates this number of new students and maintains flexibility to adjust to future changes.
  • Classroom additions are planned at all four schools, including 6 new kindergarten rooms at Adel Elementary, 8 regular education classrooms at DeSoto Intermediate and a new art room (allowing art to move out of the cafeteria), 8 new classrooms at the Middle School, and 3 new science classrooms at the High School.
  • Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate projects have a projected completion date of August 2015; the Middle School and High School projects have a projected finish in August of 2016.
  • Major site improvements are planned for Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate to increase/improve staff and visitor parking and improve parent pick-up/drop-off and bus pick-up and drop-off for safety.
  • Main entrance security will be improved at all four attendance centers.
  • Improvements to the old Middle School to re-purpose the building for use as the district offices, board room, professional development meeting space, technology hub, and continue to use for athletics (both school and Adel Parks and Recreation).
  • The master planning process identified additional projects for consideration and prioritization, including on-going maintenance like roof replacements, consideration of improvements to the Minburn Elementary for use as an agriculture and STEM education center, additional security improvements, athletic complex improvements, etc. Our planning calls for these projects to be financed through sales tax revenue for capital improvements. They are not part of this bond issue.

The Board anticipates considering a resolution to place this as a ballot question for February 4 at our November 11 Board meeting. The full master planning report can be located at Please contact Greg Dufoe at 993-4283 with any questions. Much more information will be coming to patrons in the coming weeks. It is a great time to be a Tiger!

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