Dear McClave School District Voters,
Please join us in voting yes on the McClave School District bond measure for the upcoming November 8, 2022 election, which will cover approximately 11% of the cost of a school replacement project. If this bond measure is successful, the McClave School District will then seek financial assistance from Colorado’s BEST Grant Program to cover the remaining 89% cost of the project. Even if passed, the bond will not go into effect unless a BEST Grant is secured.
In November of 2020, the McClave School District conducted a survey of its community to garner feedback on facility planning considerations. The survey results showed that 70% of District residents who responded would support a major renovation or new construction with a property tax increase, if required to receive cost sharing funds from the state. This led to two major steps: 1) The McClave School District hiring a professional engineering firm to evaluate our facility’s condition and develop a facility master plan with four different options and costs, and 2) Asking all McClave School District residents via mailed letter to participate in a community-led committee to help determine the best path forward. This committee, which included over a dozen District residents, held eight meetings during 2021 with the engineering firm to evaluate the school’s condition and consider four different options.
In December of 2021, the committee concluded that the most fiscally-responsible option was to pursue a bond measure and BEST Grant for a full school replacement. The committee made this decision for various reasons, but primarily because the cost incurred by McClave School District taxpayers, approximately $5 million, will be the same for any of the options and that temporary repairs would only delay even larger future costs to maintain the facilities.
This is because Colorado school districts can only bond for 20% of the district’s total assessed value, which for us equals roughly $5 million using 2022 assessed values. Also, with today’s construction costs, $5 million will only pay for bare minimum repairs. For the time being, Colorado provides the BEST Grant Program to help school districts pay for facility improvements and replacements. This program has provided funding for the majority of schools in our area to renovate or completely replace their schools.
McClave School District Residents/Taxpayers: