The entire project covers a projected time period between 2019 to 2038. The plans include preserving current buildings with infrastructure improvements, addressing performing arts rehearsal space issues and exploring the concept of an Early Learning Center for pre-kindergarten-through-first-grade students that could also serve as community space.
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“We feel very confident in the information and feedback that was developed during the last two years of assessments, evaluations and meetings,” Ramey said. “Our next challenge will be working through the design process to develop a specific timeline to accomplish the work in Phase 1.”
Oakwood residents have raised numerous concerns about the proposals, including an increase to already-high tax rates, loss of green space via new construction, whether that construction is needed given stable enrollment, preserving the character of existing buildings, and the mechanics of borrowing enough money to execute an expensive project.
A less-vocal group has urged the district to move forward with a major revamp of facilities.
The cost of the proposed four phases in the project range anywhere from $20 million to $90 million, depending on what the community and board support. The estimated cost for Phase 1 of the project is $19 million, and the other phases will have costs determined later..
Traci Hale, community relations director for the district, said surveys that garnered feedback from the community regarding efforts on a long-range plan for facilities were helpful and more details will be released in November.
“We will be sharing the report with the community after the board approves it in November,” Hale said.
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