Meet the Superintendent
A Message from Superintendent Ben Small
January 20, 2011
As you know, the Central Valley School District has been busy this year implementing our new Strategic Plan. This plan features a number of important initiatives intended to move our district toward the goals set for us by our community.
Among this year’s initiatives is a $69.6 million Construction Bond proposal to address urgent facilities needs across our district. These needs were identified by the Capital Facilities Planning Committee and are contained in the district’s new 25-year Capital Facilities Plan. The first step to implementing this plan is to ask voters to consider approval of a Construction Bond on the February 8, 2011 ballot.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to speak with citizens across our district about the Construction Bond. In nearly every conversation, community members, businesses, parents and employees often ask the same question…Why Now? Actually, now is a good time to seek voter approval for capital improvements in schools across the Central Valley School District. This bond:
- Addresses the needs identified in our new 25-year Capital Facilities Plan. The plan is the result of many months of hard work by the community-based Capital Facilities Planning Committee. It is a road map that documents the capital improvements needed to meet our children’s educational needs now and into the future. The plan is realistic, practical and creates accountability for our taxpayers.
- Takes advantage of low construction costs and interest rates. Construction costs are 20-30 percent less than 2008 levels. And, bond interest rates are at historic lows. This favorable construction climate maximizes taxpayer dollars.
- Brings $32.8 million in state assistance from Olympia to Central Valley. This stable source of capital funding is available to local districts for modernizing aging schools only after voters approve bonds.
- Keeps local tax revenue local. Proceeds from the bond will be used right here in Central Valley to modernize and expand schools, build a new school and make district-wide student safety improvements.
- Creates jobs. By running this bond now, we can create 1,319 jobs in our local community. According to an economic impact analysis completed by Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the bond will also sustain 1,207 households in the Spokane Valley equaling a population of 2,898.
- Generates economic impact. A $69.6 million investment by Central Valley taxpayers will result in $174 million of economic impact in our community, according to GSI.
The Capital Facilities Plan creates a vision for school facilities that address the most urgent safety and building infrastructure needs in a practical way. Modernized schools will provide our students with a learning environment which supports their educational needs.
Yesterday, all Central Valley School District residents were mailed information about the district’s Capital Improvements and School Construction Bond. I encourage you to read this information, take a visual tour of the schools included on this bond proposal and be an informed voter.