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School board to present $12.3 million facilities plan during public meeting Thursday

 The original portion of Lyndon High School would be demolished and replaced with new facilities under a facilities improvement plan to be presented during public meetings tonight and Thursday.

LYNDON – Tonight at 7 p.m., in the first of two planned public meetings, the USD 421 Board of Education will present a proposal to issue a $12.3 million bond to construct a new school. The proposed project would demolish the original elementary and high schools and the current third-grade to fifth-grade wing of Lyndon Elementary-Middle School.

During a special board of education meeting held Jan. 16, the board agreed to preliminary plans that would construct $12.3 million of facilities connected to the existing high school.

Other features of the proposal:

  • Seventh Street north of the high school would be closed permanently.
  • Original elementary school and the third-grade to fifth-grade wing of the elementary school would be razed to accommodate a new football practice field.
  • Original high school would be razed.
  • New high school classrooms would be built in conventional construction.
  • New elementary and middle school classrooms would be in two domes, one of which would include a library, distance learning lab, and art classroom to be shared by elementary, middle school and high school students.
  • New gymnasium, auditorium, storm shelter would be in a dome construction.
  • New kitchen, cafeteria and commons would be built adjacent to the existing gym.
  • District offices would be moved to the south side of Sixth Street in existing distance learning classroom area.
  • The plan would include 64,709 square feet of new construction for a total of 112,315 square feet.

Last week, USD 421 Superintendent Brian Spencer confirmed to Osage County News that a previously proposed locker room and storm shelter at Jones Park, estimated to cost $400,000, would not be part of the proposed bond project.

PiperJaffray, a bond advisory firm that has contracted with the school district, previously had presented information about the property tax impact of the proposed bond issue. The provided information indicates that a $12.5 million, 20-year bond issue would require a 26.25 mill levy increase, or additional property taxes to the owner of a $100,000 home of approximately $302 annually. The median home value in Osage County was reported as $99,000. Increased taxes on $100,000 of commercial property is estimated at $656 annually; the annual tax increase on 160 acres of cropland, $264; and the annual tax increase on 160 acres of grassland, $78.

The board set 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, as the date of the first public meeting to explain the project; a second meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. The meetings will be in the school auditorium. Also scheduled was a Feb. 3 special board meeting to consider community input, followed by a plan to formally adopt a bond election resolution at the Feb. 10 regular board meeting.

See related story here.

The original portion of Lyndon Elementary-Middle School would be demolished as part of a plan to build new facilities. Proposed to be built in the location of the old elementary school is a practice football field.

The original portion of Lyndon Elementary-Middle School would be demolished as part of a plan to build new facilities. The school board proposes to build a practice football field in the location of the old elementary school.

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