Bond measure will renovate Lakewood High School
The Lakewood School Board approved the scope of work for the February bond to renovate the high school.
The Lakewood School Board is expected to approve a resolution in early December authorizing a $66 million capital bond measure to renovate the aging high school, which will go before Lakewood voters in February 2014.
During the October work session, the Board directed architects to scale back the size and number of projects that were originally recommended by the Educational Specifications Committee last spring. They approved a plan that provides necessary improvements to safety and security in the current building, renews worn out mechanical and electrical systems, addresses major educational deficiencies, provides spaces for new educational programs, team learning settings and capacity for growth.
The high school building improvements will be “front-funded” with local dollars in order for the construction to begin at the most advantageous time of year. Geo-technical engineers determined that, due to challenging soils on the site, construction would need to begin when the soils are most stable.
An auxiliary gym and improvements to the track, football fields and grandstand will be funded through anticipated state construction dollars.
The board spent months reviewing financial information and tax impacts of the high school renovation and also received feedback from the community through a large focus group event and telephone and online surveys. The board elected not to include in the bond measure an additional $4.2 million for drainage and playing surface improvements for the existing soccer, baseball and softball fields. They also reduced an additional $1.5 million in added space/square footage in the building, although if final construction cost estimates come in lower than expected, some of these items may be reconsidered.
The total bond amount for the needed high school renovation is $66.8 million. That total includes:
• Major improvements to safety and security, heating, plumbing, and electrical systems,
• Additional space for new educational programs (labs and classrooms to support classes such as video production, digital design, health and fitness, etc.)
• Additional square footage to accommodate student enrollment growth and team learning areas
• Site improvements to address traffic and parking concerns
Funded with a potential $5.3 million in state assistance will be an auxiliary gym to support fitness, boys’ and girls’ practices and community use, and grandstand improvements that also includes a new track and football/soccer field. Additional projects in the district’s long range facility plan may also be accomplished as state assistance funds allow.
The estimated 2015 tax rate increase over and above the tax rate being paid today (all levies) is 51 cents per $1,000 assessed property value. That translates to approximately $10.67 per month for the owner of a $250,000 home or $12.75 per month for the owner of a $300,000 home.