Committee draws up Re-2 wish list
RIFLE – It’s the holiday season and kids aren’t the only ones making wish lists. A committee designed to evaluate the Garfield School District Re-2 facilities is preparing to make recommendations to the Re-2 board of education for a new bond project.The facilities needs committee, made up of parents, teachers, administrators and community members, has been meeting since October. The group came up with a list of priorities Wednesday night and will find out how much those projects will cost at a meeting next month.
The group’s top concern is replacing Silt’s Roy Moore Elementary School. The district already has a contract on a piece of property at the west end of Silt, which it’s expected to close on Jan. 3.Re-2 asked voters for and received a $39 million bond in 2001. The district supplemented that with $6 million from the general fund in order to build Highland Elementary School in Rifle, update and add on to Rifle Middle School and build the new Coal Ridge High School, along with several other improvements to district buildings.
The district anticipates a 3 percent to 5 percent growth each year over the next several years and formed the committee to decide how to prepare for expansion.Re-2 Superintendent Gary Pack presented some figures about bonding to the committee. The district is permitted to ask voters for 20 percent of the total assessed property value. With current debt, the district could theoretically ask for more than $123 million, though that’s a highly unlikely number.
The preliminary list the group has come up with (see breakout) will likely be too much to ask for.”This committee will go from what they want, which is based on the perceptions they have from being in the schools every day, down to what the taxpayers will support,” Pack said. “And this committee will present to the board. They may say they want to put a bond issue on the Nov. 2006 ballot, they may say they can wait until Nov. 2007.”
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