NEW LOLO K-4 SCHOOL
BOND ISSUE ELECTION!
· Mail Ballot Election
· Mailed out September 12
· Must be received back by October 1
Why a bond request?
5 Critical Priorities need to be addressed:
Priority 1 - Safety!
· Highway 93 continues to be a daily danger to students ages 5-13! The Farm Lane School would take the K-4 kids and, in later years, the 5-8 kids, off the highway and move them to a safer neighborhood. Initiate the process to relocate Lolo’s school and its children off Highway 93.
· After 100 years of hard daily use by many thousands of students, the lower building (1905/50’s wood frame built) is worn out and past the state of practical repair/upgrade: lack of fire suppression system, rotting floors, severely over-used and worn out electrical, heating, and plumbing operations, bathrooms that are beyond capacity and non-ADA compliant, a leaking foundation.
Priority 2 - Security!
· Currently, no matter the weather or risky conditions, Lolo School students age 5-13 have to walk outside, around the building and re-enter at a different building location to access bathrooms, offices, library, lunch and other various services. The Farm Lane School would provide Lolo’s children with a school which has controlled and monitored entryways and indoor routes and accesses rather than forcing children to go outside to access the bathroom and other basic daily services and necessities.
Priority 3 - Space!
· At over 600 students and almost 100 staff members, Lolo School is already overcrowded with expanding enrollment, services and staff! The Farm Lane School would address the current overcrowding and the future expanding enrollment and services now, without losing playground space, gymnasiums and tutoring areas for additional classroom space.
· The cafeteria is overcrowded with no room to expand. With 600+ students eating lunch, students only have 10 minutes of seat time for lunch each day before more students take their seat.
· Staff, volunteers and students are now working in storage and janitorial closets due to lack of space!
· Sandwiched between the hillside and the highway, there is no more room for additional buildings, parking or accesses at Lolo School without giving up already limited playground areas. The Farm Lane School is designed with flexibility and space for meeting our current and future safety, security and educational needs!
· The Farm Lane School would provide increased gym space and expanded community library services and meeting space to the Lolo community.
Priority 4 - Scholastics!
· The Farm Lane School would create additional and improved educational spaces and facilities for ALL of Lolo School’s children. The 5-8 students would be able to expand into the current campus and newly opened more updated rooms with proper facilities to better meet their educational needs. The new school would address the lack of running water for science rooms and lack of electrical outlets/capacity for numerous technology and regular classrooms.
· Increased space would allow for teachers and classes to work together on educational projects and to better meet the individual needs of increasingly diverse learning styles.
Priority 5 - Success!
· Addressing the aforementioned critical safety, security, space and scholastic needs all leads to success for the Lolo Community and School, with Lolo increasingly being recognized as an outstanding place to raise a family and educate children!
Nuts and Bolts Details:
· Election date: election ballots mailed out September 12th and must be received back by no later than October 1. Mail back to Missoula County or drop off at school’s lower gym or to Missoula County on October 1st.
· If approved, construction would start March 2014 with doors opening for school in August 2015.
· Bond amount: $10.5 million for the full K-4 facility, gym, library and new/expanded food service area. That’s equates to an approximate $124.75 annual ($10.40/month) tax increase to a $100,000 home or $249.50 annual ($20.79/month) tax increase to a $200,000 home. See details below for more thorough tax calculation information:
*The proposed Bond issue is estimated to cost 90.12 mills after factoring in (i) the District’s eligibility for State Aid for Debt Service and (ii) the approximately 5 mills that are going off the tax rolls since the District’s last Bond issue was fully paid in June of 2013.
*To calculate your property’s estimated tax impact for the Bonds, go to the Missoula County Website (https://csa.co.missoula.mt.us/itax/) and follow these directions:
1. Look up your home’s taxable value.
* For instance a property with a “phase-in” value of $100,000 will have a taxable market value of $54,500 (due to a residential tax exemption) and a taxable value of $1,384.
2. Apply the following formula to calculate the estimated net annual impact of the proposed bond issue:
Your Property’s “Taxable Value” of $_______ X .09012 = $____ Estimated Annual Tax Impact
* A $100,000 ‘phase-in-value’ home for tax purposes ($54,500 taxable market value and $1,384 taxable value) = $124.75 annually ($1,384 X .09012 = $124.75 or $10.83 per month)
* A $200,000 ‘phase-in-value’ home for tax purposes ($109,000 taxable market value and $2,769 taxable value) = $249.50 annually ($2,769 X .09012 = $249.50 or $20.79 per month)
Questions? Call the Lolo School at 273-0451 or check our website for more specifics www.lolo.k12.mt.us