​Bond Election: 20-Year Educational Master Plan

By: 
Dr. Linda Filpula
Superintendent, Laurel Public Schools

In April 2016, the Board hired L’Heureux Page Werner as Educational Facility Consultants to work with the community in addressing current and future educational and facility needs. After six community meetings, a community survey, and numerous school-level meetings, the Educational Facility Planning committee developed the following 20-year Educational Master Plan. This comprehensive plan addresses overcrowding in all buildings, deferred maintenance in all buildings, and anticipated district and community growth to support delivery of a high quality educational experience that meets the needs of our students for future generations. 

South School would be converted into the Laurel High School Career and Technical Campus. West School would be remodeled to become a K-2 elementary by adding on additional classrooms and a gym with a focus on serving our primary students. A new 3-5 elementary school would be built on 30.8 acres located just west of Yard Office Rd. and north of Eleanor Roosevelt/8th Street designed to meet the needs of our intermediate aged students. By removing 5th grade students from the middle school, space is created to accommodate students in grades 6-8 to provide educational experiences targeted to adolescent needs. The high school would be remodeled to add in more classroom space and an auxiliary gym would provide additional school and community use. Through the LHS Career and Technical Campus, individual student needs can be enhanced while also creating additional space for high school students and activities. The Transportation Department would be moved to the new 3-5 school site creating more space at the high school to meet educational and facility needs. Graff School would become the new District Office building with the potential to host community events and meetings. The current Administration Building would be sold saving the district significant dollars in yearly maintenance and utility costs.

The estimated total tax impact for the bond is provided below. Remember, the assessed value is NOT the market value of your home. It is typically less and can be located on the tax notice you receive from Yellowstone County.

For both bonds, the cost is $125.32 per year ($10.44/month) on a home with an assessed value of $100,000.  The breakdown by district is shown below.

An elementary and high school bond election will be held on November 7th. Please review this plan and contact the district office should you have any questions about it. Information regarding these issues can be found at www.laurel.k12.mt.us on the homepage. You can also contact me directly at 628-3356 with any questions.

I appreciate your time in considering this important issue that impacts our schools and community.

 

 

 

Estimated Total Tax Impact

Bond • Est. Mills • on a $100,000 home per year

Elementary General Obligation Bonds $37,639,000  • 66.18 • $89.34

High School General Obligation Bonds $14,924,000 • 26.66 • $35.98

Total K-12 G.O. Bonds on November 7, 2017 • 92.83 • $125.32

 

 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503

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