Fayetteville voters on Tuesday approved a proposal from the school district to restructure eight bonds to generate $111 million as part of a plan to address various needs, including renovation and upgrades of facilities, land acquisition, new school construction, and energy efficiencies.
Specific projects include air conditioning in seven gymnasiums, accessibility, security, and safety improvements at Ramay Junior High School, drainage improvements at Leverett, Washington, Happy Hollow, Holcomb and McNair schools, among others (see project list below).
The measure passed with 2,466 votes in favor (88.6%) and 317 against (11.4%), according to unofficial results released by the Washington County Election Commission.
The school millage rate of 45.65 mills will remain the same, but the payoff of 20.65 mills will extend by 15 years. Those mills were previously scheduled to drop off in 2035.
The 2,795 ballots cast represent 4.8% of the 58,528 registered voters who were eligible to vote in the special election.
Fayetteville School District – Priority Project List
These are the project the district would like to fund, listed in order of priority, with the percent of total funding included. This information was provided by the district.
1. Retain Architect, Engineer, and Construction Manager (3%)
2. Address Facility Condition Assessment Outcomes Years 1 and 2 (20%)
Updates & upgrades in every district facility, impacting all students and staff including:
- Air conditioning in seven gymnasiums: Vandergriff Elementary, Holcomb Elementary, Asbell Elementary, Owl Creek (2 gyms), McNair Middle School, and Holt Middle School
- HVAC improvements
- Energy Efficiency Upgrades
- Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing
3. Accessibility, Security, and Safety Improvements at Ramay Junior High (2%)
4. Necessary Site Drainage Improvements at Leverett, Washington, Happy Hollow, Holcomb, and, McNair (2%)
5. Land Acquisition for a New School Building & Construction of a New School Building/and or School Expansion Projects (39%)
Cost estimate includes furniture, fixtures, technology, library books
6. Energy Efficiency Projects (2%)
LED Lighting Districtwide
7. Athletic & Academic Facility Renewal: The Bulldog Academic & Athletic Complex ?(22%)
Transforming outdated athletic facilities surrounding Harmon Stadium into athletic & academic spaces serving more students
- Student Wellness & Academic Center
- Bulldog Teams Center
8. Junior High Track Projects (1%)
- A remodel of athletic locker rooms, resurface of the FHS competition track adjacent to Ramay Junior High
- Construction of a new non-competition practice track at Woodland Junior High
9. Contingency Funding (9%)
Any remaining funds may be utilized to address future FCA identified needs
Source: Fayetteville School District