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Dear Verndale School District Residents:

District residents will be asked to vote on the proposed building project for the Verndale School District.  During a special meeting on March 7, 2013, the school board called for a special election to be held at the school from Noon–8 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013. 

This building project and plan were developed after thoughtful consideration by the task force committee.  The committee reviewed and prioritized the needs that were identified by the school staff and architect.  Once the needs were identified and prioritized, the architect presented four different options for the committee to review.  It was determined by the committee and school board that the following plan best met the needs of the students, school district and community.  Please review the summary below and plan to attend one of the public meetings to learn more about the project.  These meetings are planned to be held in April and May.   

District residents are encouraged to contact Betsy Knoche or Jodie Zesbaugh at Ehlers Financial Services at (800) 552-1171 to determine the tax impact on your property.  Please have your parcel number available during the call, as this will be needed to calculate the tax impact on your property.

Building Project Summary

  • Facility Improvements: A 29,000 square foot addition, miscellaneous remodelingand HVAC upgrades.  This includes new science classrooms, locker rooms, gymnasium, administrative offices, restrooms, fitness room, storage, additional high school and elementary classrooms, improved special education and intervention spaces, and larger kitchen and dining area.
  • Referendum Date: May 30, 2013
  • Total Project Cost: $5,795,000
  • Referendum Amount: $4,950,000
  • General Obligation Bonds District Funds: $845,000 Capital Facilities Bond
  • Occupancy: September 2014

The continued growth in student enrollment has created a need for additional building space.  This growth has allowed the Verndale School to flourish and provide excellent educational programs to all of our students.  It is imperative that all residents review the project information and become informed voters.  Please feel free to contact any school board member or myself with any questions or concerns regarding this project.

Paul Brownlow Superintendent