What is the Project?
The addition of 3-4 elementary classrooms, a multipurpose room, and a new competition gym with locker space.
Why do we need more early childhood and elementary classroom space?
Our elementary class sizes are larger than our facility can continue to support. Here are the enrollment numbers from the past 9 years in grade K-5th grade:
Our preschool was founded 25 years ago with the idea of having one classroom. In that time, we have expanded to two classrooms and the need for a nap room. While one of the classrooms is adequate, the other two are not. Our preschool program is our greatest recruiting tool, and having proper space is vital.
Why do we need a new competition gym?
The current basketball court no longer meets regulations for length and width, nor does it provide a minimum 8’ runnout at the ends of the court. Current regulations are 50 feet wide and 84 feet long, with adequate space around the sides and ends for safety of athletes and spectators.
Due to the size limitations, people walk on the court to enter the gym. Water on the court creates serious slipping hazards for players and referees.
The current gym will seat 538 spectators (490 when we don’t use the first row of bleachers), which is inadequate for many events. The proposed gym will seat roughly 860 spectators.
Other gym capacities in the area include:
Waterloo Christian - 350-400
Don Bosco - 400
North Tama - 600
Riceville - 600
CAL - 650-700
GMG - 750
Colo-Nesco - 800
NEW Janesville Gym: 860
Tripoli - 882
Meskwaki - 1,100
Clarksville - 1,350
Dunkerton - 1,400
Gyms are scheduled from 5:30am to 10:30pm every winter due to space limitations. This includes junior high boys and girls basketball, high school boys and girls basketball, and the musical. Elementary basketball and volleyball use the space during the winter as well. We want these students to be active, yet expect them to also be attentive in class.
Relieving the scheduling issues with the current gym allows for additional performing/fine arts programming that is currently not possible.
Options to utilize the current elementary gym/activity area for classroom were evaluated, but determined to not be effective. There is limited opportunity to get natural light into the space, and the required corridor spaces would make either very large or very small classrooms. The elementary students use this activity area for programs that cannot be done on a wood floor, which includes rollerblading, golf and bowling. The loss of this space would also not help with scheduling challenges for gym space.
How will this get paid for?
The last general obligation (GO) bond for school improvements in Janesville was for the 1974 elementary addition and football field. Work done since 2005 has been funded by bonding against revenue from local option sales tax funds. We have committed our LOST revenues through 2029. State is proposing extensions to the LOST program, however the current proposal includes only five-eighths of the funds to go to schools, with the other three-eighths to fund state clean water programs.
Passage of a $2.70/$1,000 valuation assessment would raise $5,395,000 for the project.
How much will my taxes increase?
Current School Tax Rate information:
- Janesville: $11.91
- Tripoli: $14.82
- Clarksville: $13.87
- Dunkerton: $14.73
- Denver: $14.11
- Waterloo: $15.40
- Waverly-Shell Rock: $15.18
- Cedar Falls: $12.80
- FY 2017 School District Tax Rates
- 2016/17 City Tax Rates
How long has the school been looking into space needs?
The school’s facilities committee continuously evaluates needs. The issues with classroom needs have been discussed as a potential for some time. The gym space has been discussed since the first major evaluation of needs in 2005/2006. The facilities committee has been looking into options for the current needs for the past 18 months. Recent certified enrollments and projected enrollment has confirmed the need for additional space.
What about junior high and high school space?
The current expansion allows for additional classrooms in the elementary area, which would allow other movement to free spaces in the junior high and high school areas. (i.e. resource rooms could be relocated from the MS wing to elementary wing). In addition, spaces can be added on the north side or west side of the building. If the need arose for these spaces, we would anticipate funding to come from Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and/or Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds.
RECENT GRADUATING CLASSES:
- 2016 26
- 2015 33
- 2014 41
- 2013 23
- 2012 26
- 2011 26
How are you going to pay to maintain this (utilities, etc.)?
State funding for local school districts is provided on a per pupil basis. The increase enrollment we’ve been fortunate to experience provides for additional state funding, which is used to hire teachers and pay for utilities.
What is the plan for parking?
The proposed new gymnasium would impact the parking that is located north of the school. The area west of the track would be converted to a parking lot. Football would practice in the baseball outfield. A turf management plan would be developed to maintain this area for both baseball and football.