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Gull Lake Community Schools adds bond proposal to the 2018 spring ballot

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These boards are placed in each building to inform students and parents of the bond proposal. Photo by Courtney Pedersen

In the spring of 2018, the Gull Lake Community Schools will  ask voters to approve a bond proposal to improve and renovate buildings in the district. The election will take place on May 8 for residents within the Gull Lake district.

A community survey conducted by EPIC-MRA was sent out to 300 community members to scope the possible outcomes during the election in order to decide what should be included on the bond.

“Questions ranged from general questions about what people thought about the district to more specific questions about whether or not a bond proposal would be supported for building needs,” said Gull Lake Community Schools Assistant Superintendent and head of Finance and Operations Lisa Anderson. “Specific building projects were listed in the questions.”

The board also took recommendations into consideration when deciding the bond proposal.

The number of students attending the Gull Lake elementary schools are increasing and are projected to continue to grow. Due to the increase, the renovations are focused on the reconstruction of the districts elementary schools.

There will be $3 million devoted to refreshing all instructional technology in the district including computers, tablets and laptops.

Gull Lake Community Schools has the lowest millage in the area with a 4.04 rate. The 1.63 requested with this proposal will still allow the district to be second lowest.

“The district works with a financial advisor,” said Anderson. “It was determined that in order to keep the debt millage as low as possible, it would be best to issue the bonds in 2 series.”

The first series will be issued in 2018 and the second in 2022. Construction is likely to begin 2019.

“It would be approximately 8 years for completion,” Anderson said.

On Thursday, February 8 an informative meeting on the bond proposal will be held at Gull Lake View Golf Course at 6 p.m.

In addition to the informative meeting on February 8, factual information has been presented to faculty members and factual posters boards are located in all buildings in the district.

“The board and administration presented factual information at all staff meetings throughout the district,” Anderson said. “Factual information will also be presented at booster meetings and other such meetings.”

The information included on the posters and being presented is included below.


Series One

The aerial view plans of the proposed renovations for Kellogg Elementary School. Photo by Courtney Pedersen

In series one, a majority of Kellogg Elementary School will demolished and reconstructed one for a total of $14.1 million. The following changes are being proposed:

  • New classroom wings
  • A new administration office
  • A new cafeteria and kitchen
  • Remodeling the preexisting media center and computer lab
  • Connect to existing gym
  • New playgrounds
  • New bus loops, driveways, sidewalks, and
  • A sanitary disposal field

The Richland Elementary School series one work would cost $9.8 million. The

The demolition aerial view of the proposed construction to the RIchland Elementary School. Photo by Courtney Pedersen

construction to Richland Elementary includes:

  • New classroom wings to replace the ones built in 1958
  • Remodeling of the existing administration space
  • New furniture for students

In series one, Ryan Intermediate would receive $5.8 million in changes. The construction would include:

The proposed additions to the preexisting wings at Ryan Intermediate. Photo by Courtney Pedersen

  • New classrooms added to each wing (3rd, 4th, 5th grade), along with
  • STEM Labs added to the building
  • New student furniture

Throughout series one, Gull Lake Middle School will be receiving new furniture for the students, which will cost approximately $900,000.

The long awaited auditorium will be added to Gull Lake High School as a part of series one. The estimated cost of the auditorium, including the site work, is $11.5 million. The

The auditorium would be connected to the performing arts wing at Gull Lake High School. Photo by Courtney Pedersen

auditorium would include the following:

  • Approximately 950 seats between the main floor and balcony
  • 104’x34’ stage with fly loft
  • Orchestra pit
  • Lobby with ticketing, concessions, and a student art gallery
  • Men, women, and family restrooms
  • A scene shop
  • Dressing and makeup rooms
  • Costume and prop stage

During series one, a new maintenance building would be constructed for $775,000.

For athletics during series one, there would be ADA accessibility upgrades for football, baseball, and softball. New fencing would be added and new LED lighting would be added to the football stadium. All of these additions would cost approximately $560,000.


Series Two

In series two, Kellogg Elementary School would get window and roofing replacements on their preschool building which would cost $1.3 million.

For series two, Richland Elementary School would get $3.3 million in renovations. The renovations would include:

  • The replacement of kitchen and servery
  • Replacement of the exterior stucco, unit ventilators and temperature controls.
  • Upgrading the current power systems
  • Lighting in the 1992 wing becoming LED

Work done to the Ryan Intermediate in series two would cost $4.7 million. The construction to the Ryan Intermediate would include:

  • The replacement of interior finish
  • Upgrading power systems
  • Lighting will be changed to LED
  • Replacement of air conditioning and unit ventilators

Series two is where Gull Lake Middle School would receive a majority of its renovations for approximately $6.4 million. The renovations include:

Areas in Gull Lake Middle School that will be reconstructed in series two. Photo by Courtney Pedersen

  • Replacing the asbestos flooring
  • Replacing the windows
  • Replacing doors,
  • Replacing student lockers
  • Replacing the gym bleachers
  • Replacing the unit ventilators and temperature controls
  • Upgrading the power systems
  • The lighting will be switched to completely LED
  • Reconstruction of the parking lots and driveways

Gull Lake High School would receive $3.2 million in renovations in series two. The schools changes would include:

  • Air conditioning being added to the gym
  • Resurfacing the parking lots
  • Lighting will be changed to LED
  • Replacement of mechanical equipment

The Bedford Community and Family Learning Center would have several replacements in series two that would cost $485,000. The replacements include:

  • The chalkboards would be replaced with markerboards
  • The lighting would be replaced with LED
  • Replacement of the condensing units and water conditioning systems

In series two transportation would be presented with $1.3 million in additions.  A pull-thru bus maintenance bay would be constructed. The fencing would be replaced and the bus parking lots and drives would be reconstructed.

During series two, the football stadium visitor bleachers would be replaced and additional home bleachers would be added for a price of $370,000.

Courtney Pedersen

My name is Courtney Pedersen and I'm a senior. For the Reflection I primarily write news and feature stories. I am the news and media editor. I also am heavily involved in TAB, PAC, Spanish Club and the literary magazine.


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    Great article Courtney!!

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    Dee Beilby

    With all this, I would highly recommend a family bathroom at the football field. I have a boy (in high school) with special needs and I (being mom) always have to take him into the women’s bathroom. I don’t like having to take him into the women’s bathroom. Others are always giving us some not so nice looks. I don’t think it is fair that he should have to go to that bathroom when his classmates are standing out in the yard watching. It has to be embarrassing for him also! It makes it all for a very uneasy experience. I do know that there are other families with special needs kids that would love to go to sporting events at the field, but since there isn’t a family bathroom they don’t feel as though they should go. I and others would greatly appreciate it if you would take this into some serious consideration! We’d greatly appreciate it!!
    Thank you for your time.


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