“Every Student, Every Day, Every Classroom”
February 6, 2017
Dear Granite Falls School Community,
I encourage you to please read over the updated bond information (attached) as you consider the bond resolution that has been placed on the ballot for this February 14th Special Election. The three areas that are being addressed include: renovation to the Granite Falls Middle School to provide flexible, integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) classrooms; district-wide security and safety improvements (this would also include upgrades to make our buildings equipped to be used as emergency shelters); and to construct a covered grandstand to complete the stadium at Granite Falls High School. The grandstand would include areas for parent groups to store and sell class fundraising items undercover in a dry area without having to set up and tear down every time.
The material attached and the information that can be found on the district website provide more specifics on the improvements and upgrades, as well as a cost breakdown for the tax dollar amount.
The overall cost for the bond is estimated at $13,725,367. The three components of the bond are estimated at: $6.6M “STEAM”, $3.4M Security Enhancements, and $3.7M Grandstand. The bond would be paid over the course of 20 years.
The approval of the voters for the bond is so vital for the district to stay on track with long term plans and growth. The Granite Falls School District will not be able to proceed with much needed improvements. Our students desire an education that can help them enter the ever changing job market. We need your support!
Voter approved bond money can only be used to build schools, buy property, or for major modernization projects to schools. The most recent bond issued approved by voters in 2005 built the new high school that opened in December 2007. Voters have also passed bond issues in the past to build Mountain Way and Monte Cristo Elementary schools and remodel the old high school and current Middle School. Bond money cannot be used for daily operations such as employee salaries, transportation, co-curricular activities, or textbooks.
WATCH a short YouTube video to learn more about bonds vs. levies.
More information is also on our website at www.gfalls.wednet.edu. If you have any questions regarding the bond, please give us a call at 360-691-7717.
Ballots must be postmarked on or before February 14. Please mail your ballot today!
Linda R. Hall