Welcome to Williamsburg Local Schools

Building Project / Bond Information

Greetings! The 2019-2020 school year is quickly moving along and we have a lot to celebrate within our district due to the great work of our students and staff.  We are also coming into a very exciting time regarding our facilities.  

 

Our Board of Education voted recently to place a bond issue on the March 17, 2020 ballot.  Several things precipitated this vote.

 

1.  The state is funding 66% of this project, while our district taxpayers only have to fund 34%, which is a great deal for our community.

 

2.  The 4.67 mil bond voted in 1995 to build the current Middle/High School was paid off recently, thereby coming off of all of our homeowner’s tax statements.  

 

3.  Maintenance and Capital costs continue to increase every year as each building ages.  Based on assessments from the state, a new elementary and a renovated middle/high school is needed now for our community ensuring our dollars continue to be spent responsibly for our students.

 

4.  Our elementary school students are in need of a new elementary school. Built in 1954, our elementary school classrooms are too small and lack proper technology. The roof is failing and the heating and cooling system is outdated and inefficient. All told, there are a host a maintenance issues at the elementary school. The elementary school needs safety upgrades and is unable to host many elementary-specific events. Entering its eighth decade of service, the current elementary has served our community well, but has reached the end of its tenure as a place where our youngest students come to learn and take part in activities they love. 

 

5.  Our Middle/High School is 23 years old and in need of several capital/maintenance repairs and safety upgrades.  Additionally, much has evolved in education over the past 23 years and students need enhanced career and technology lab space and equipment to remain competitive in the 21st century career and college environment. 

 

 This bond issue will fund a new and modern Pre K-5th Grade Elementary School on the site of the Old High School.  The original three-story Main St. section of the Old High School will be renovated as part of this project to house some elementary classrooms, community agency meeting rooms, and the board office.  This section of the building will also be available as our enrollment grows for accessible classroom space, preparing us for potential future growth and making the most of our community’s tax dollars by limiting the need for a future expansion project. 

 

The bond issue will also fund several needed upgrades and updates to our Middle/High School.  These items include 21st century career labs, enhanced safety items, upgraded technology, and maintenance repairs and/or replacement of the roof, windows, building fixtures, masonry items, and HVAC/Controls.

 

Another great opportunity with this bond issue will be the addition of enhanced extra-curricular space and a gymnasium at the Middle/High School to serve our students and community, along with our many youth activities in the evenings and weekends.  

 

If you have further questions, please visit www.voteforburgkids.org or email the levy committee at voteforburgkids@gmail.com.


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