Category Archives: ProjectLEAF

How is all this construction going to be funded?

ProjectLEAF Financial Update

The link in this post will provide you with a nice one-page handout produced by our Chief School Business Official, Tim Gronski.

In it you will find information that explains the 3 “Buckets” of money used for all five schools, and also you will see the impact on property taxpayers as a result of the bonding provided.

It is important to note that the District has completed a required 10 Year Survey of building code and accessibility compliance.  This constitutes approximately 25% of the overall construction budget and will be paid by tax dollars from the bonds and the Fire Prevention and Safety levy over the next several years.  Total cost for these compliance projects is approximately $9M.

If you want to think about it in terms of how the April 2013 sales tax referendum is used, it will generate approximately $11.3 M of the overall $35.5M pricetag.  This is roughly 32% of the overall cost of the project is borne by alternate revenue bonds to be paid back by the sales tax.

Finally, the April 2015 general obligation referendum generates approximately $16,500,000 and pays the balance of the projects beyond the code compliance and those outside of what the sales tax generates.

Perhaps the most significant point is that as the Board prepares the final scope of the project, they have so far been able to keep the entire project within the tight window of current debt obligations paid by property owners.  This is huge considering that this is the largest single build/renovation in the history of the district.  We are grateful to the school community for support of this initiative!

As always, please contact me should you have questions.  Scott Kuffel, Superintendent


Preparing for April 21st ProjectLEAF Meeting

You will note that we have rescheduled our 4th meeting to April 21st.   We will meet at 7:00 p.m. at St. Malachy Hall.  At our 3rd meeting we had more than 100 in attendance again, and we have heard from many folks who have not made any sessions so far, but are planning on attending the next meeting.

Here are the results of some of the work activities from the 3rd Meeting and some of the data shared:

Here are the PowerPoint Presentation Slides Used:

ProjectLEAF Session 3 March 10 Presentation

CES 3, The Gaps

CES 3, What We Do Well

This activity involved all members of a table of 8 sharing projects they thought would improve the educational adequacy of a school.  Each member of the table then had 3 dots they could use to choose their top 3 projects at each table.


Each table was also asked to project a targeted number for a goal for educational adequacy.  Remember that 90-95 is a newly constructed school.

ProjectLEAF CES 3 Educational Adequacy Projections



Community Engagement Session #2, February 24, 2014

Approximately 100 people attended the second session of ProjectLEAF on Monday, February 24th on a blustery winter evening.

Scott Johnson, Architect from Richard L. Johnson & Associates, Inc. and Leona Ketterl, BLDD Architects, Inc. both made presentations to begin the evening.  Scott discussed some of the current conditions of the District buildings, as well as some of the improvements that have been made in the past decade.  Leona shared some of the current information on 21st Century Schools, based upon some remodeling and new construction found in the midwest.

Table activities included a task where all participants shared 3 words that they think best described the current condition of our schools, and then 3 words that would best describe how they would like our schools to be described in the future.  A second table activity identified a ranking of the 21st Century Attributes of schools that we would like to see pursued through the ProjectLEAF process.

The Wordle is a graphic depiction of all of the words that were shared in the activity, with a change in font size based upon the increasing frequency of word appearances.

21st Century Attributes PROJECT LEAF

PROJECT LEAF CES 2 Questions and Responses

PROJECT LEAF Wordle Future Conditions

PROJECT LEAF Current Conditions Wordle

The next Community Engagement Session will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Malachy Church Hall.¬† The topic will be continuing to examine the current conditions of the buildings, and review some of the prioritized current infrastructural needs and their associated costs.¬† We will be learning about the “Educational Adequacy” numbers of each school to help quantify some of the current conditions and costs, and help give some objective data as we move forward.