Why are there no detailed blueprints/renderings available so that we can see what everything looks like before the vote?
To be fiscally responsible, the district has chosen not to pay an architectural firm to create detailed building renderings until we have community support for the project and the bond is approved by our voters.
Why can’t we pay for the addition without a bond vote?
The district’s annual operating budget only has money to cover basic maintenance and repairs. Building improvements on this scale cannot be covered under the district’s yearly general operating budget without significantly impacting staff and students. The district has been fiscally responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and currently has no bond debt. For the last 23 years, CRCSD has leveraged local option sales tax revenue and PPEL funds to maintain facilities, without asking for community support. However, the district has depleted these funding streams and must now ask for community support. That is where a bond comes into play. Bonds allow the district to cover the cost of major renovations, repairs, and upgrades that otherwise could not be done due to the annual operating budget. This is the standard practice statewide.
Why is the amount of the proposed bonds for each phase of the project so big?
As our buildings continue to age, the cost of upkeep will continue to rise. The cost of construction continues to rise up 19.2% year over year, outpacing inflation. outpacing inflation. What we can build today will be cheaper than what we put off for the future.
What is CTE?
CTE stands for Career and Technical Education. What was once called “vo-tech” or “vocational-technical education” has expanded over the years and is now called Career and Technical Education. These courses provide students with classroom and hands-on lessons for needed careers. Some options for coursework may include Business, Computer Science, Culinary, Design, Engineering, automotive, nursing, and welding. The hope is that students can explore various careers while gaining hands-on experience. Through CTE students could get college credits or certification while in high school.