The Republic School District Board of Education last night approved a $47 million bond issue for the April 2023 ballot.
The bond issue, which would not result in a tax levy increase, would allow the district to build a new fifth and sixth grade center, according to a memo issued to Republic School District employees and families and shared with members of the media.
The building would be constructed on a 78-acre tract of land the district purchased this week for $3.6 million, said Nikki Faith, district communications specialist, via email.
The land is near the city's Republic Sports Park and Athletic Complex expansion. Voters in August gave the green light to the renewal of two quarter-cent sales tax measures for its Parks & Recreation Department – one for general operations and one for capital improvements, according to past reporting.
The construction of a new fifth and sixth grade center would allow the district to move approximately 400 students from Republic Middle School and about 80-100 students from each elementary building, according to the memo.
The district is expecting around 1,000 new students to be added in the next three to five years amid an addition of roughly 1,100 single-family homes and 2,220 multifamily homes.
"A fifth and sixth grade center would help us accommodate student growth while still maintaining our goals for small class sizes," the memo reads. "In addition, adding this building would provide our fifth and sixth grade students a more gentle transition to middle school with age-appropriate programming and curriculum."
In 2021, voters approved a $16 million bond issue for Republic schools, according to past reporting.
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