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Thursday, January 29, 2015 Free Press Page 11 continued from page 1 be developed' putting a ground breaking sometime in 2016. According to preliminary master plans by the district's consultant, NAC Archi- tecture, construction would take place in several phases. Phase 1A would be an 18,750 square foot expansion and a 900- foot renovation of classroom space creating 12 new classrooms for $9 million. Phase 1B would be a new wrestling/ aerobics facility, followed by a new Three Springs High School in Phase 1C. Phase 2A is a new gym, while 2B is a new per- forming arts complex featuring a 700-seat auditorium. NAC's plans also provided a 19,600 square foot, 500-seat alternative. Phase 3A would add 5,150 square of new space while renovating 38,150 square feet of existing space at the high school .entrance. This would expand the cafeteria into more of a commons space, providing more lunch seating and move the existing administration offices from their interior location to a new, more secure front entrance. Also included in the plans is a rede- signed parking lot that would extend from North Sixth Street to North Eighth, with a new entrance on North Eighth. It would also move the current bus loop to the existing parents pickup loop used by File photo Cheney High School students navigate the halls and front entrance during change of class in this photo from 2012. District officials say the construction is needed to handle an estimated enroll- ment growth of 600 students district wide over the next six years, 150 of which are projected to enroll at Cheney High School. The district expects enrollment to continue increasing as the West Plains grows, although that is less of certainty rate, projected at $5.04 in 2015. If approved, the rate would increase to $5.79 in 2016 and remain there until 2027, baring approval of additional bonds or levy increases. This would mean the owner of a $166,900 home in the district would see a net monthly increase in their tax bill of $7.51 after allowing for the federal property tax deduction, based upon be- ing in the 28 percent federal income tax bracket. Those in the 25 percent bracket would be assessed $7.82 per month, while those in the 33 percent bracket would be at $6.99 and $6.30 in the 39.6 percent bracket. The home evaluation was based on the 2014 median Zillow Home Value for Cheney. In calculating the bonding capacity available to the school district, financial consultants at Public Financial Manage- ment, Inc. are forecasting a "conservative" growth in assessed property value in the district of 3 percent, beginning in 2016 and . running through 2037. Cheney School District Superinten- dent Dr. Debra Clemens said they have been canvassing the district with an in- formational campaign educating voters on the need for the bond, holding four meetings at various schools and speaking to many local groups and city councils of Cheney and Airway Heights. Clemens said they have invariably been met with positive responses. "I feel like the community h~is been interested," she said. Clemens acknowledged there is a little opposition to the bond, but feels strongly that all opinions and options have been vetted publicly by the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee. This body included Betz Elementary School next door.than current projections, people who serve in a wide variety of A fourth phase renovating the rest "You never know, five years or so ........ ~ community roles, and have been long- of the high school at a projected cost of growth might become s~g~_,! and plans[ For a visual depiction at the ~time members of the commtmity. $42.9 million isn t planned until 2025. need to be re-evaluated. Probert said. [ construction proposed in the "it sets the high school up to accom- District Finance Director KassidyProl .ort To finance this construction, the public [Feb.Feb. 101 0 CheneChene I-hghl-lig School mimodate growth," Clemens said. It also said part of that 2025 renovation includes is being asked to approve a 75-cent in- I , , . ." - , - mladdresses unmet needs" aona, Turn To page i-i hoped for state matching funds estimated crease per $1,000 of assessed property tax gone, mrnm page I Z John McCallum can be reached at at $25 million, valuation of its current school district tax :: continued from page 1 pus for the alternative Gym into one single hall- Wenat~_hee, he and his wife having served not only on school, Three Springs way, something in thehave lived in the Cheney the recent citizens commit- told the Cheney Free Press High S~hool. proposed plans, wouldarea for over 4O years, send- tee but also on the one that editorial board. Under his proposal, help relieve congestion, ing their children through helped pass the 1993 bond So, he went back to the the 12-classroom addition and new locks would be the school district, expanding the high school school to see if he could get - with provisions for sec- installed in the entryway A Vietnam veteran, - which also included his ownlunchcount- and ond-floor expansion for doors, the configuration of Johns worked with thea school levy vote on the noticedtherewerejustfour future growth - wouldbe which would remain the Army Corps of Engineers same ballot. chairs at each of the 31 ta- built according to architect same. after receiving his civil en- A lot of Johns' concern bles, with some tables now NAC's plans at a cost ofMissing from Johns'gineeringdegree, followed over the proposed bond full.The spectacledidn't sit $9 million. Three Springs proposal is a new wres- by a stint with the Soil comes from his view that well with Johns. would be built at $1.15 mfl- tling/aerobic exercise ad- Conservation Service and the district is over extend- "That's thekind of thing lion, less thanthe proposed dition, a third gymnasium several private engineer- ing itself financially while growth could lead to the need for another elemen- tary school in five years, potential remodeling of four elementary schools in eight years, along with buses to replace an aging fleet and new technology - including a projected $42.9 million technology upgrade of the current high school in 2025. Johns believes there's a that keeps me going," he $2.3 million because Johns and a performing arts com- ing firms. He eventually not addressing all of the better way to prepare for said."Don'tiuststickastick stud ..Lhe en ~jootp~pt~:s plex. The lar.~:~Lest of these, at worked six years with the facility issues. Passage this while also handling in my eye;''~ .......... ~" ::~' ~,g~tl~at~a~3.9mil~sthe70Oa~at c~ofS'~6kane's Public of the prbposed:~ond, existing grd~th: .... Johns has been mount- had at its former location performing arts audito- Works Department doingcoupled with the mid- "Even I hate to say no, ing a one-person campaign against the proposed $44.88 million high school renova- tion bond currently before school district voters. To be precise, Johns is not against some of the pro- posed modifications, he understands growth in the district has created the need for more dassroom space and reconfigured facilities, including the cafeteria, to relieve congestion and ad- dress safety issues. For Johns, it's other issues that create concern the district is potentially overreaching financially in proposing some items on the bond he feels can be addressed in other, more economical ways. Johns' proposal would scale back the proposed renovations to $11.65 million, an. amount that would address all of the above issues as well as build a separate facility on the high school cam- at the Fisher Building and it is not growing with stu- dents. rium, something Johns said can be covered through existing district facilities, "Even I hate to say no, and I'm not saying no. For eleven-six, you can do this." Bill Johns Thecafeteria/commons adding that performances and administration andhe has been to in the high safety issues is also scaled school's Little Theatre have back in his proposal from demonstrated students' a proposed $15.1 million creativity in adapting to a to just $1.5 million. Johns smaller space. proposes removing the "The last play (Early cafeteria's north wall to ac- December's "Sing for Your commodate 50 more tables, Supper"), I'd hire those with all tables seating eight who put it on," he said. students, allowing over "Theydidn'thavethebest, 400 students to be served but they used what they during lunch and thereby had and put on one of removing the current situ- the best performances I've ationwheremanystudents seen." eat in the hallways, restrict- Johns doesn't come ing traffic flow. to his decisions lightly Connecting the two or without some level of hallways leading to Hatch experience. A native of construction planning and design before moving to Spokane County where he worked for 13 years, rising to become the county's chief engineer. He eventually left Spokane County to work in planning for Adams County, mainly because that position was more "hands orff' "In Spokane, I just dealt with problems," Johns said. 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