This special election provides the community and the district an opportunity to take advantage of state funding totaling approximately $6 million for the elementary school building replacement and the power line relocation. The Partnership Program that provides state funding to school districts for approved projects is competitive on a two-year cycle, and receiving state funds in a cycle is not a guarantee of receiving funds in a future cycle. For the 2021-2023 funding cycle, 36 projects requesting approximately $20 million from the state were not funded. The Bald Knob ES project funding of $5.17 million was the fifth largest (out of 58) project funded. The powerline relocation was the 21st largest project funded.

This provides the community and the district an opportunity to build a new state-of-the-art school for the district’s elementary students to provide the best learning environment in the 21st Century. The existing school neither has the power nor the data capability required to maximize student achievement.

The powerline relocation project is required to remove dangerous electrical conditions and promote student safety.

The state has determined that the Facilities Condition Index (FCI) is above 0.65. This means the cost of renovations and repairs is more than 65% of the cost of a new replacement building. Based on national facility practices for FCI values, the state has determined that it is not a prudent expenditure of state or school district funds to make major renovations or system replacements in the 50-year old building.

The elementary school building has many major repair and renovation needs:

  • Parking surfaces

  • School traffic

  • Handicap accessibility

  • ADA compliance (sidewalks)

  • Playground drainage

  • Foundation failures due to water infiltration through the slab and exterior walls

  • Water intrusion from under the interior wall

  • Shifts in exterior brick

  • Exterior brick cracking in the mortar joints and separation from the windows

  • Cracking through exterior brick

  • Shifting in exterior brick 

  • Inadequate hot water throughout the buildings

  • Millwork is original to the building

  • Asbestos

  • Danger from overhead power lines to service the buildings

  • Inadequate plumbing

  • Water intrusion due to settling producing gaps around windows

  • Roof leaks in the administration, special education, and old kindergarten buildings

  • Moisture damage on the interior walls of the building 

  • Cracks in mortar joints and blocks in interior walls

  • Signs of water intrusion and damage to the floor

  • HVAC control efficiency (attempted previously but not successful)

  • Inadequate access to electrical receptacles in most classrooms due to technology needs: projector, Smart Board, iPad charging station, Chromebook charging station, Elmo, voice amplification system, etc.

  • Continued use of serial and AV cables

  • Use of federal breakers which are no longer available