road to a
referendum.

Timeline

  • Spring 2021

    The School District hired Wold Architects and Engineers to conduct a comprehensive facilities study to assess the district needs in the areas of facility maintenance and to study building capacity needs for our current student population. At the recommendation of WOLD, a Community Task Force was assembled. The Task Force was comprised of local residents and staff. It was asked to review the data from WOLD, listen to our building and program leaders and ultimately make a recommendation to the School Board that reflected the needs of the School District and the values of the community.

  • Fall 2021

    At the request of the School Board, Wold helped facilitate the community task force, which began meeting in October 2021.

  • FEBRUARY 2022

    The task force presented its findings to the district.

  • March 2022

    A private donor approached the School District with an offer for a $15,000,000 donation, if the School District chose to proceed with an August referendum. The donation would be applied to a multi-purpose community center if the district met its educational and deferred maintenance needs first. The donation was also contingent on the district implementing the improvements to its facilities in a timely manner in order to positively affect students as soon as possible. This impacted the decision to have the election in August 2022.

  • APRIL 2022

    Based on the recommendations of the Task Force and WOLD, the School District commissioned a formal survey of the community to better understand the needs of the district and gauge the support of the community. That survey showed that all of the components of the recommended facilities improvements identified by the Task Force were supported by the community. The survey also informed the district on the tax tolerance of the community. This information was taken into consideration by the School Board when it made the decision to ask voters for their support of the facilities improvements.

  • MAY 2022

    At the May 16, 2022, board meeting, the School Board voted unanimously to move forward with a two-part referendum question. The Board also voted unanimously to accept the $15,000,000 donation, should Question 2 pass. Question 2 can only pass if Question 1 also passes.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN QUESTION #1?

  • Secure entrances for John Clark Elementary School, Richmond Elementary School, and Cold Spring Elementary School
  • Security upgrades at ROCORI Middle School and ROCORI High School
  • Deferred maintenance at John Clark Elementary School, Richmond Elementary School, Cold Spring Elementary, ROCORI Middle School and ROCORI High School
  • Additional and remodeled Career and Technical education spaces
  • Enhancements to fine arts spaces including a black box theater, dressing rooms, and a music practice room
  • Flexible furniture to better support student needs in all learning spaces
  • New playground equipment for aged-out equipment at John Clark Elementary School, Richmond Elementary School, and Cold Spring Elementary School
  • A new Early Childhood and Family Center on the main Cold Spring campus
  • Installation and integration of improved technology and technology systems
  • Relocation of Alternative Learning Center that provides more space for us to admit waitlisted students

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN QUESTION #2?

  • A new Multipurpose Community Center that includes courts for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball. The Multipurpose Community Center will also include an eight-lane indoor walking and running track
  • An eight-lane indoor pool with integrated diving well
  • Fitness center
  • Dance practice studio