The Elder Grove School Board is asking voters to approve a $14.95 million bond to build a new middle school close to our current campus. The Board’s reasons for asking the voters for this bonding authority was discussed at great length in public meetings and records of those meetings are available in the District’s main office.
The following is provided by the District to voters in an effort to inform and not advocate:
• The Board engaged a Facility Planning Committee to study the community’s goals (through community surveys and the spring and fall community forum) and Elder Grove School enrollment projections for the next 10 years. That committee found that building a new middle school at Elder Grove was the most cost effective option available to the District. The 10 year enrollment projection is 1,000 kids. Our current enrollment is 604 students. The projected enrollment would overfill our current facilities. The Billings and Laurel Districts are unable to accept all of our 7th and 8th grade kids.
• A new middle school would allow K-5 to have 4 classes each. Our current enrollment requires 4 classes for kindergarten and 1st grade.
• A new middle school would permit fewer students to be in each class.
• A new middle school would permit the District sufficient room to start a preschool.
• A new middle school on our campus would be a student safety measure and would permit more students to be educated at Elder Grove School.
• A new middle school would give our middle school students more academic and extracurricular opportunities.
• A new middle school would give the District more flexibility in schedule planning including fewer lunch periods.