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Bond referendum resolution approvedIn response to rising enrollment and stressed capacity, this spring the Board directed the administration to create a facilities development proposal addressing the needs across the District as identified by the facilities task force. The Board also asked the administration to estimate the associated costs and to create a timeline that would eventually allow the Board to propose a bond referendum for this fall.
In a unanimous vote, the Board adopted a resolution to formally call the election for November 7, 2017. If approved by voters, the Board will be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $164.8 million for the betterment of school sites and facilities by addressing capacity, safety and security, infrastructure needs and shared school and community spaces. A successful bond would cost property owners a tax increase of less than $17 a month based on a median-valued house.
To read the resolution click here.
Budget amendments are necessary as additional information becomes known. The Board approved final budget amendments for fiscal year 2016-2017. To see a complete summary of the approved amendments visit the District's Budget & Finance page
2017-2018 budget approved
The Board adopted the 2017-2018 budget as presented by Carole Nielsen, director of finance. The fiscal year 2017-2018 budget was developed based on the assumptions provided by the School Board through several Board meetings and work sessions over the past six months. The proposed budgets represent the financial projections for the District for the general fund, nutrition services fund, community services fund, construction fund and debt service funds. For details regarding the adopted budget, please visit the District's Budget & Finance page
District Operational Plan
As part of the Superintendent's end-of-year report to the Board, a review of the 2016-2017 District Operational Plan was presented. To see the presentation which focuses on priority goals, please click here
Board member Marre Jo Sager read a summary of Superintendent Chris Lennox’s appraisal for the 2016-2017 school year. The summary stated, “His open style of communication, his willingness to dig in and do the tough work and his ability to win over various groups to the District’s common cause have allowed progress to continue without hesitation.” To read the entire report, click here
The Board discussed issues and updates related to AMSD and Northeast Metro 916.
The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Wells Fargo Matching Gifts, Christopher Senanayake & Teresa Aguilera, Beth Hagel, The Kula Foundation, Cyndy Luk, and Denise Fleming.
A look ahead
August 15, 6 p.m., work session
August 15, 7 p.m., regular meeting
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