Residents of the Rock Valley Community School District will vote in a special school bond election on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The question asks voters to approve $25 million to address our schools' space and capacity needs.

School district residents were asked to complete a survey this past fall.  Of those completing the survey, 95% said they would support construction of a high school space connected to the current facility on the west side of the current building.  In November, district residents were invited to participate in the building design phase, which resulted in a clear favorite for the design of a new high school and remodel of the existing middle/high school.

If approved, the bond would have an estimated property tax impact of $1.30 on every $1,000 of assessed property value (based on the current tax rate). When you factor in the state rollback and the Homestead Credit, this would lead to an increase of $5.35 per month ($64.20 per year) on a home worth $100,000.

District Facts

  • Over the last decade the district has grown by approximately 150 students

  • There were 588 students in 2004 when the elementary was built.  The elementary project added 56,154 square feet.  Today there are over 950 students.

  • Over the last decade, the district has completed $11.2 million in property acquisition and building projects without a bond issue utilizing the SAVE and PPEL funds.

  • The district saved taxpayers $745,098 in interest payments on the elementary building by refinancing and paying the debt off two years early.

What does it Build?

  • A new High School attached to the current school.  The addition will include 24 new classrooms and total 82,705 square feet.

  • Remodel the existing middle/high school for larger classrooms for middle school only.  This will include remodeling the existing restrooms.

  • New 1800 seat competition gym, including a two-lane walking track.

  • Additional parking

  • Relocate before and after-school bus pick-up and drop-off by the 5th grade exit.

  • Create two drop-off and pick-up lanes for parents on the east side of school.

  • Room to grow in the Elementary, Middle School, and High School Facilities by shifting grade alignments to K-4, 5-8, 9-12.


How Do I Vote?

Voting is on March 1, 2022 at Parkview Event Center located at 1303 10th St, Rock Valley, Iowa 51247.  The polls will be open from 7am to 8pm.

Absentee Ballots can be downloaded HERE


 

How will we pay for this?

If approved, how much money would the bond issue provide the district?

After bond and underwriter costs, the $25 million dollar bond will provide $24,428,700 to be used for the project.


 

How does it affect the tax payer?

For more detailed Tax information - Click HERE


Upcoming Facility Projects NOT Included in the Bond

Summer 2022

  New auditorium curtains

 New elementary playground equipment

Replace three HVAC units (installed in 1971)

Roof Repair

Summer 2023

Replace stage floor in the auditorium

Widen doorway in the rear of the auditorium

Complete roof repair cycle