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On September 10, 2013, Sidney voters will vote to approve a bond in the amount of $15.85 million to build a new K-4 elementary school. This new facility will replace the North, South, and Central Buildings.
A growing community:
Sidney’s population continues to grow. The average age of Sidney’s residents is decreasing. Enrollment numbers in our elementary schools continue to rise and contribute to classroom overcrowding and increased class sizes. These projections clearly indicate future growth.
Safe and accessible:
Sidney’s aging grade schools face significant safety and accessibility challenges in the coming years. The age of our existing facilities has exceeded the typical building life expectancy of 40-50 years. The North Building was built in 1929, the South Building was built in 1955, and the Central Building was built in 1953. Current condition challenges include: structural issues, plumbing issues, electrical issues, accessibility and compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements, and 21st century technology framework.
Cost saving efficiencies:
Current annual utilities and limited maintenance costs at North, South, and Central total $160,000. Annual savings at the projected new facility would save taxpayers 15-20%
Our time is now:
Interest rates are at historic lows presenting a cost-saving opportunity. If interest rates were to increase by just 1%, interest on this bond would cost taxpayers approximately $1.7 million more. Our time is now.
A new grade school facility will help parents with children in different buildings. It will improve staffing and scheduling inefficiencies and reduce the duplication of services required such as multiple cafeterias, gymnasiums, music rooms, and media centers.