Question 1: Operating Levy ReductionQuestion one would reduce our operating levy to $700 per pupil from the current operating levy of $1,117 per pupil. We believe that current programming can be maintained at this level due to savings from closing the Jeffers school and our increasing enrollment, which means more state funding.
How will the money be spent?The operating levy addresses our operations including teaching and learning, and day-to-day operations. This money cannot be used for facility needs.
Question 2: Bond ReferendumQuestion 2 would approve a facilities bond to build a new K-12 school adjacent to our existing school while decommissioning our current facilities.
WHY NEW? Why Not Renovate?Renovation just doesn’t cut it. The cost of renovation is an estimated $32 million - including $18 million for immediate infrastructure and code compliance updates.
A new building would:
What would the new building look like?
No architectural or engineering work on a new facility will be completed until the project is funded. If the referendum is approved, a contractor would be selected and they would conduct a process that heavily involves district administration and staff members, and may involve some community communication and engagement, to help with design details. The new school would likely open in fall 2022.
How was the cost of a new building calculated?
In order to accurately calculate costs, the major features of the new building were built into the costing methodology, including:
In addition, the consultant looked at Red Rock Central School Board policy on class size and academic programs. The new building is sized to have basically the same number of classrooms as the existing building, which has room for up to around 600 total students. The community has supported smaller class sizes. So from a potential enrollment standpoint, the building will be more than adequate for years based on demographic projections. The new building will have one additional full time gym space over the existing building. The auditorium stage will be just that, only a stage dedicated for the space. A new third gym space is included in the building to provide additional practice space.
Finally, the consultant works with the school board to understand the needs of the community to determine the level of quality of materials. The cost estimate includes quality materials and systems, but not “Cadillac” quality. The focus is to lower the overall life-cycle cost of a building, paying attention both to upfront cost as well as long-term maintenance costs.
How does the cost of the construction of the new building compare to other new schools?
This is a difficult question to answer because the answer depends on a number of factors: cost of property, the types of learning spaces (such as gyms, cafeterias, performing arts centers, etc.).
According to InGensa, the costs of new construction in fall of 2020 in the area is anywhere between $320-$350/sqft – these numbers are higher in metropolitan areas. Red Rock Central is proposing a new building at 125,167 sqft which is $334.75 sqft. If the district decides not to demolish the existing building this number goes to $327.04. So the new school would be in the middle to lower end of the new construction costs range.
How can I learn more about the current school building and its condition?
A great deal of study and evaluation of our current school campus was completed by InGensa, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm that specializes in school renovation and construction. The result of their analysis can be found on the district’s Facility Planning web page.