Understanding the Facts: Elementary 11

Posted by Ankeny Community School District on 12/15/2017

The Ankeny Board of Education will put forth a bond referendum to voters on February 6.  If approved, the bond would provide $18 million to design, build, furnish and improve the site of a new elementary school. Use of the bond is limited to these specific purposes. The bond requires a 60% super-majority “yes” vote in order to pass. If passed, construction of the school will begin spring 2019 and be completed by August 2020.

 

Today and next week, the district will address some of the myths circulating throughout our community.

 

MYTH: We live in the north feeder system, so the next elementary won’t affect us.

Without this elementary, all elementary schools will experience overcrowding, boundary changes, and higher class sizes. When classrooms begin to fill across the district, students from overcrowded schools will be moved to schools with space; regardless of whether they are in the north or south. Without elementary 11, some students may attend schools that are not in their feeder system.

 

MYTH: If the elementary 11 bond referendum fails, Terrace will remain an elementary.

Passage or failure of the elementary bond referendum will have no impact on the repurposing of Terrace Elementary into a centralized preschool location. The centralized preschool will open in August 2020, regardless of the outcome of this vote.

 

MYTH: It isn’t possible to bond for a school without increasing the tax rate.

It is possible to bond for a school without increasing the tax rate. The bond for elementary 11 will be assigned to the debt service levy. The debt service levy is one part of the total school tax rate, which also includes levies such as the General, PPEL, and Management Funds. Each of the levies independently increases or decreases annually, and when combined, form the overall school tax rate. Conservative projections for these levies, along with the debt service levy, show the bond for elementary 11 will not require an increase in the school district’s portion of the tax rate.