Posted by Ankeny Community School District on 12/20/2017
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.
On Friday, we addressed a few of the myths circulating throughout the community. As promised, here's a look at some additional myths surrounding the elementary 11 bond.
MYTH: By voting against the bond, we can delay boundary line changes.
Failure of the bond will also result in boundary line changes, perhaps sooner than they would be implemented with passage of the bond. Therefore, boundary lines will change in 2020-2021 regardless. In fact, more students will likely change schools in the event of the bond failing than with passage, as the district will go from a ten elementary configuration to nine elementary buildings.
MYTH: I only have 6-12 grade kids, so this bond does not affect me.
The district already knows that the growth will soon be affecting the facility space in the middle schools and high schools. The district is planning for additions on both high schools beginning in 2020, and it will have to begin considering plans for building a third middle school to accommodate growth. In light of these upcoming facility needs, the delay of elementary 11 will either: push all these projects back, which will cause overcrowding at all schools K-12, OR cause the district to pursue less desirable funding plans; for example, seeking several general obligation bonds in a shorter period of time.
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