Proposal includes funding for playground equipment, band/orchestra equipment, classroom remodels
By Jeff Harrison
Mid-Del Schools is asking patrons to support an $8.84 million bond issue in the June 30 primary election.
The proposal includes funding for playground equipment, improved accessibility, band and orchestra uniforms, fine art equipment, security cameras, new roofing at the Mid-Del Technology Center and classroom and restroom remodels.
The election was originally planned for April 7 but was delayed due to COVID-19.
Superintendent Rick Cobb said the bond proposal would be a supplement to a 2017 bond that included several large construction projects, technology, and transportation upgrades. District officials hope to take advantage of additional bonding capacity – created by economic development within the district and conservative planning for the 2017 bond issue – to address a list of needs within the district.
“The 2017 bond could have been twice as big as it was because we have that many physical needs in the district,” Cobb said.
If approved, the bond proposal will be funded with a series of general obligation bonds set to paid off by 2025. Cobb said the bond issue would not raise property taxes. The proposal would replace a bond issue passed in 2014 for security improvements.
Rescheduling the bond election has been a concern for district officials. Cobb said they planned to promote the bond issue after students returned from Spring Break but were forced to close school due to the virus.
“It’s not like we can stick a flyer in backpacks to let people know about it,” he said. “We’re trying to spread the word on social media and with videos.”
The bond election is one of several items included on the June 30 primary ballot. Voters will decide on county, state, federal races as well as State Question 802, the Medicaid Expansion Initiative.
“I feel like if people don’t know what they’re voting for, they might pass on it,” he said. “And if they know what we’re doing with the bond and how we came up with it there is a better chance they’ll support it.”
If the bond issue does not pass, Cobb said the district will likely try to present it again in the future.
“If it doesn’t pass, we’ll regroup and might do it differently,” he said. “We’ll still have the bonding capacity and tremendous needs and we’ll try to match those two together.”