In November 2022, USD 373 voters overwhelmingly passed a bond (72.86%) to renovate and upgrade Santa Fe 5/6 Center and Lindley Hall gymnasium. There is no net tax increase related to this $8.4M bond. Construction began in early 2023 and will continue into the fall semester. Following the completion of the bond, students will have access to an on-site gymnasium again for the first time since May of 2021. The bond is set to be retired in 2037 with no mill levy increase, and a reduction in the mill levy after 2026. The pre-existing bond approved by voters in the past will be retired in 2026.
A special thanks to the USD 373 school community that took the opportunity to have their voices heard through the voting process. The passing of the bond is something very important to our students and staff at the Santa Fe campus and the school community as a whole. We look forward to working with our partners at DLR/Gravity Works, McCownGordon, and Stifel to get students back into a gym and address the other needs at that facility.
The Board of Education did an outstanding job of working through this difficult process and presented the information to the public in such a way that reflects the transparency we hope our general public understands we want reflected in all that we do as a team. The way they deliberately considered options, struggled through conflict, and ultimately supported a decision as a unit is how representative governance should work. I commend them for their dedication to student success and desire to continue to be good stewards of your tax dollars.
-Superintendent Fred Van Ranken
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