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Thank you to all those that supported the April 2012 Facilities referendum!  Please stay tuned as we add information as it becomes available about the building process.

For original referendum site listing FAQs, intermediate schools model infomation and more, please visit:  http://www.sdb.k12.wi.us/relations/referendum_2012.htm 

 Referendum Plans

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Proposed Lee Lane Site Plan.pdfProposed Lee Lane Site Planrelations
Todd Proposed Floor Plan.pdfTodd Proposed Floor Planrelations
Cunningham Proposed Floor Plan.pdfCunningham Proposed Floor Planrelations
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Phase 1 Renderings.pdfPhase 1 RenderingsNo presence informationBADGER, MELISSA
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 Construction Committee Minutes

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 Ribbon Cutting

BMHS Natatorium Dedication
Monday, October 21
5:00-6:00 p.m.
1225 Fourth Street

        Picture of Natatorium

Following the outdoors ceremony will be tours, refreshments and souvenir giveaway.

News Updates

 Retired buildings update

Royce Update
 
Royce Elementary has been leased to The Richardson School effective September 1, 2013. 
 
The Richardson School is a therapeutic day school that specializes in working with children, adolescents and young adults who have diagnoses of developmental/neurological disabilities, and behavioral and emotional issues.  More information can be found on their website:  www.richardsonschool.com.

 Ribbon Cuttings

Phase 1 Ribbon Cuttings!
 
Converse Elementary School
Monday, September 16
5:30-7:00 p.m.
1602 Townline Avenue
 
Merrill Elementary School
Thursday, September 26
6:00-7:30 p.m.
1333 Copeland Avenue
 
Robinson Elementary School
Sunday, September 29
2:00-3:30 p.m.
1801 Cranston Road

 Cunningham Groundbreaking

The public is invited to join the groundbreaking ceremony:

Wednesday, June 5, Noon

910 Townline Avenue

 Invitation to Bid

Invitation to Bid
CUNNINGHAM
 

To access full bid information, please click here.

The School District of Beloit, the Owner, will receive bids until 2:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2013, in the School District of Beloit Kolak Education Center, located at 1633 Keeler Avenue, Beloit, Wisconsin. Bids received after this time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and read aloud at this time at the same location. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The project consists of construction of a new 72,450 square foot building and remodeling. The work consists of building demolition, selective demolition, site work, earthwork, asphalt paving, chain link fencing, landscaping, concrete, precast concrete, unit masonry, structural steel, steel joists & deck, rough & finish carpentry, architectural woodwork, insulation, membrane roofing, flashings & sheet metal, hollow metal, wood doors, coiling doors, aluminum entrances, windows, hardware, glass & glazing, drywall, tile, acoust. tile, resilient work, gymnasium flooring, carpet, painting, visual display boards, toilet partitions, flag pole, lockers, fire extinguishers & cabinets, toilet accessories, projection screens, basketball backstops, safety wall pads, kitchen equipment, laminated plastic casework, science casework, bleachers, hydraulic elevator, plumbing, hvac and electrical work.

A pre-bid conference will he held at the Cunningham Elementary School located at 910 Townline Avenue, Beloit, Wisconsin Friday April 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

 

 BMHS Pool Groundbreaking

The community is invited to be part of history and join Beloit Memorial High School and CCI Construction in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new swimming pool.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, December 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the North Parking Lot of the school (1225 Fourth Street). 

 Low Interest Rate to Save Taxpayers $8 Million

The Board of Education, during this week’s Special Board Meeting (12/4/12), approved the final phase of borrowing in the amount of $57,785,000, as part of the facilities referendum approved by voters in 2012.  The School District of Beloit upheld its excellent bond rating of Aa3 from Moody’s Investors Service and therefore was able to secure taxpayers a low interest rate of 2.60% on this phase.

 

The District's strengths as noted in its bond rating review by Moody's Investors Service include “historically healthy financial operations”,  “strong management policies and practices”, and recent stability of enrollment. 

 

The weighted average interest rate of the entire referendum financing package in the amount of $70,000,000 is a low rate of 2.43%.  The original referendum plan, using a 3.5% interest rate, estimated the increase in the levy rate to be $90 on a $100,000 home.  Actual results are now in for a final levy rate of $74 on a $100,000 home, a savings of $16 to that taxpayer every year over the 20 year life of the borrowing.

 

Over that 20-year span, with the lower interest rate locked in, the District expects to save the taxpayers over $8 million total.

 ReferendumPresentations

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 New School Land Purchase

The School District of Beloit has purchased the Patch Land, off the southeast corner of Lee Lane and Milwaukee Road, and thanks the landowner for his willingness to work with the district.  The plans are being modified, still with the intent of keeping grades 4-6 separate from 7-8, and will begin the process soon of getting input on specific plan pieces.  Construction is estimated to begin in the Spring of 2013.

 New School Land Update

The School District of Beloit Board of Education met last night during a Special Board Meeting to discuss site options for the new intermediate school.

 

The District had faced several detours in securing a site from landowners including surprise price increases (from original site on southeast corner of Lee Lane and Milwaukee Road) to expensive Department of Natural Resources requirements (replacing wetlands that will be filled for the new school site foundation).

The Board of Education discussed the options available, carefully weighing the pros and cons of each before narrowing the site alternatives down to two:  the current Morgan site and 1 to be named after more information becomes available. 

Referendum Update Presentations and Q&A - Open to the Public!
 
The Beloit Public Library will host Superintendent Steve McNeal as he presents updates on the facilities referendum, answers questions and takes suggestions from the audience.  The general presentations will be:  Thursday, September 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, October 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
 
Upcoming sessions at schools (open to community, too!):
 Monday, October 1, 5:00 p.m. - McLenegan Elementary School
 Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m. - Gaston Elementary School
 Monday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. - Cunningham Elementary School (part of Superintendent Parent Roundtable Meeting)
 Tuesday, October 16, 4:00 p.m. - Morgan Elementary School
 Thursday, October 18, 9:00 p.m. - Even Start (Brother Dutton) in Spanish (en Espanol)
 Thursday, October 18, 6:00 p.m. - Converse Elementary School
 Monday, October 22, 6:00 p.m. - Burdge Elementary School
 Wednesday, October 24, 4:00 p.m. - Hackett Elementary School
 Monday, October 29, 6:00 p.m. - Robinson Elementary School
 Friday, November 2, 3:30 p.m. - Merrill Elementary School (part of the school-wide Rummage Sale, 3-7 p.m.)
 
More sessions will be available throughout the next month at our schools, if you are unable to attend either of these presentations.   We will update our homepage (www.beloitschools.net) events calendar to reflect these additional sessions.
Converse Groundbreaking Ceremony
 
Converse Elementary School (1602 Townline Ave.) invites the community to join them, Klobucar Construction, and several officials from the city and district at their groundbreaking ceremony on:  Monday, October 1, at 1:30 p.m., behind the school.

 BMHS Pool Bid Invitation

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Robinson Groundbreaking Ceremony

Robinson, one of the Phase 1 schools is set to start construction next month, and, together with CCI, is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at the school on Friday, September 28, 2012, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

 Referendum Bid Invitations

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Pitched vs. “Flat” (Interior Pitched) Roofs

As the plans become finalized for the construction of Phase 1 projects (Converse, Merrill, Robinson, BMHS Pool and Tennis Courts), part of the discussion has included roof design.  Should the District go with Pitched or Interior Pitched “Flat” Roofs?  The District, upon recommendations and research from both architects and local general contractors involved in construction of the projects, chose to go with “Flat” Roofs for the following reasons:

 

·       In addition to the aesthetical design problem of placing a pitched roof on a building designed for “flat” roofs, the money needed to create the structure and OSHA required materials to build pitch roofs on our existing buildings is prohibitive.  The costs for special roof joists, special trusses, ridge venting, and additional steel pieces accumulate rapidly into a hefty initial price tag, with additional costs to be shouldered later such as heating a larger volume of space. 

 

·       Pitched roofs also require gutters and drains, which become an issue with ice and snow in winter months.  On a gymnasium, a pitched roof will increase wind loads and higher shear loads on the taller perimeter walls, again translating to higher costs.

 

·       In the over two decades since the roofs being replaced were actually put in place on these buildings, the design and materials for “flat” roofs have improved considerably, making them much more reliable and long-lasting than roofs in the past.

 

·       “Flat” roofs are not truly flat, but actually have a slight pitch to them – they only appear flat in comparison to pitched roofs.  “Flat” roofs are comprised of a sloped structural system, not sloped by the use of insulation, which directs water to the desired interior drain locations.  The roof drain conductors are collected in the interior of the building, which alleviates the worry of freeze and thaw damage, and run underground connecting to the city storm water sewer.

Phase 1 primary schools have contractors assigned:
Converse - Klobucar Construction Co., Inc.
Merrill - Gilbank Consruction, Inc.
Robinson - Corporate Contractors, Inc. (CCI)
 
The pool and tennis courts at Beloit Memorial High School are open bids - a Request for Proposals will be sent out soon.  Anticipated construction start date for the projects is October 1, 2012.
 
PHASE 2 & 3 plans are already underway as Phase 1 progresses, and will overlap some.  This September, draft plans for Gaston, Todd and Cunningham Schools will be available for staff input, as will the plan to renovate the old BMHS pool site into a fitness center for the previously purchased PEP Grant equipment.
 
Hackett School renovations and the construction of the new southeast intermediate school will be the final piece of the referendum.  The district is working with the architects on alternative intermediate school sites, keeping in mind the best financial interests of the taxpayers and the best educational interests of the students.  The architects are still working on the plans in order to be ready for construction by Spring of 2013 (timing important to catch contractors early as they look for projects and to take advantage of the entire 2013 construction season!)
 
Referendum projects are expected to be completed by Fall of 2014.
 
 Secondary School Improvements
As part of using Revenue Limit Energy Exemptions last year and this coming year, the district has already replaced 8 aging boilers in the district and made plans to address the following this school year:  exterior lighting retrofits, building envelope improvements, tuck pointing and roof replacements of both Aldrich and McNeel.  In addition, ceiling and light replacements will begin at McNeel.  Energy savings will begin as early as this fiscal year.
 

Projects set to begin in the first phase include:  BMHS Pool (in order to bring our facility up to WIAA standards as quickly as possible!), tennis courts, as well as the buildout of Converse, Merrill and Robinson Schools

The second phase  will include the conversion of the old pool area into the fitness center (to begin as soon as new pool is ready), and construction of the two intermediate schools:  Cunningham and the Southeast School.  (Construction anticipated to begin later this school year.)

The third phase will include the buildout of Gaston, Hackett and Todd schools(Estimated construction start dates are anticipated to be in June of 2013.)

Survey bids have been given out for the schools listed in the first referendum phase.  Beloit-based Batterman will do the survey work for Converse, Merrill and Robinson.  Due to the 3D mapping capabilities, the pool survey work was awarded to Kapur and Associates
 
 
 

 Gaston Rendering

Picture of Gaston Rendering
Funding Updates

 Actual Referendum Tax Increase Lower Than Estimated

With an weighted average of 2.43% locked in for the three phases of borrowing, taxpayers will pay $8 Million less over the 20 years of the referendum borrowing interest, from what was estimated last Spring, using a 3.5% rate ($59,077,628 of capital and interest, down from the $66,979,591 orginally estimated).  The taxes paid each year for the 20 years will be added to the state reimbursement of 64% to make up the amount needed to pay back the referendum loans.  Therefore, the $8 Million will not be used to add any referendum projects nor will it be used for any operating costs.  It is simply less taxes our residents will be asked to pay than previously requested last Spring.

 Excellent Bond Rating Expected to Lower Debt Service Taxes

By maintaining a balanced budget and keeping the Fund Balance within the Board of Education targeted range of 18-25%, the District has kept an excellent bond rating of Aa3 from Moody, citing additional factors such as “historically healthy financial operations” and “strong management policies and practices”.  As a result, the district expects to be able to borrow the remaining referendum funds at lower interest rates than anticipated, lowering the costs to taxpayers. 

An RFP was sent out for Referendum Bond Fund Investment.  Following receipt of bids, administration recommended accepting the proposal from American Management Deposit Company.

Over $2.2 Million in very low-interest rates have already been secured.  Coming in lower than an anticipated 2% interest rate, these bonds are lower then the 3.5% originally estimated for the referendum tax payments!  School District administration is continuing to work towards securing bonds like this to take advantage of the low interest rates to benefit our local taxpayers.
 
The district also has a $10 Million Bond Anticipation Note for under 2%.  The bulk of the referendum funding will be secured later this school year.