Here's an email that went out widely today from D-E Superintendent Bruce Klaehn:
Due to your highly valued involvement with the Dover-Eyota School District and/or the communities of Dover and Eyota, I am forwarding to you an e-mail that went to all parents and staff of the Dover-Eyota School District yesterday. This message and attachment addresses the upcoming Bond Issue referendum on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. We will be doing our very best to disseminate thorough and accurate information about the referendum and the work it proposes. Please feel free to further disseminate this information on our behalf, and please feel free to contact me or any of our school board members with any questions, ideas or concerns you might have. (If this has somehow come to you as a duplicate message, I offer my apologies.)
Meanwhile, thanks so very much for your support and involvement in the Dover-Eyota school district.
Bruce A. Klaehn
Supt. of Schools
Dover-Eyota ISD #533
Eyota, MN 55934
Work (507) 545-2125
From: Bruce Klaehn [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:56 PM
To: Bruce Klaehn
Subject: Basic Referendum Information
Good Afternoon to all Dover-Eyota Parents and Staff,
Attached is a document from your Board of Education that will provide you with basic information about the upcoming Bond Issue Referendum on May 7, 2014. We ask that you read this information over carefully so that you can be an informed voter as well as an informed conversationalist on this topic. We strongly encourage you to forward this e-mail and attachment to any others in the district who might wish to have this information, especially if they will be voters in the referendum.
I would also like to take this opportunity to caution everyone about the dreaded "what I heard". There are already a few rumors and assumptions circulating in our communities about this referendum that are simply not true. The Board of Education has every intention of making you fully aware of all the facts and research related to the details of this bond issue, as well as any future plans for the district that you might wish to know about. This attachment will also be placed in the February 15th edition of the Eagle, and will soon be added to our website. Additional information, including an opportunity for direct questions and answers, and tax impact information, will also be on our website in the very near future.
I can assure everyone that your Board of Education has researched these plans extensively, and is acting in the best educational and financial interest of our school district. Please encourage everyone to be sure the information they are using to make their voting decision is accurately verified, and I again offer my own willingness to answer any questions or concerns that voters might have on this matter.
Thanks for your ongoing support of our school system, and may we soon enjoy some warmer weather!!
Bruce A. Klaehn, Dover-Eyota Supt of Schools
The Basics of the May 7, 2014 Dover-Eyota Bond Issue Referendum
The Dover-Eyota Board of Education has called for a bond issue referendum on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 for the purpose of building an addition to the current Elementary facility and the upgrading of the outdoor athletic and physical education facilities. At this time your Board of Education wishes to provide all residents with a preliminary set of basic informational items regarding this referendum.
What are the primary factors of this referendum?
The significant costs associated with the deteriorating physical condition of the Dover building.
The need for improved spaces for the Pre-school and Elementary educational programs.
The significant shortcomings of the current outdoor athletic and physical education facilities.
What will the referendum ballot contain?
The referendum will ask two questions. Question 1 will ask for $7.4M to expand the Elementary school building to house the district’s Pre-school programs, which currently operate in the Dover building, and provide increased elementary program space. Question 2 will ask for $1.25M to upgrade the district’s outdoor athletic and PE facilities with an artificial turf football/soccer field and a new all-weather track.
Why two questions on the ballot?
The Board feels it is important to provide our voters with the option to address two issues separately, with one vote being cast for improved Pre-school and Elementary facilities, and one vote being cast for improved athletic/PE facility needs. Voters may vote yes or no on either Question.
What are the requirements for passage of our multiple question referendum?
Each Question must get a majority of ‘yes’ votes for that Question to pass. In addition, Question 1 must pass in order for Question 2 to pass. If Question 1 fails to get a majority of ‘yes’ votes, Question 2 automatically fails regardless of the vote count. However, a majority of ‘yes’ votes for Question 1 means that Question 1 is approved regardless of the vote count for Question 2.
How much will this raise my annual property taxes?
While the district will soon provide all property owners with a link on our website to check their own personal property tax impact from this bond issue, here are some examples...
• $150,000 Home
• $200,000 Business • Ag land valued at
$7,000 per acre
$37 per year $94 per year $2.03/acre
$6 per year $16 per year
How much annual state aid will our district receive to help pay for this project?
For the first year’s payment of $368,000, the State’s total contribution for both Questions will be 55% of that payment, about $203,000. Subsequent years will be similar, but the exact amount will depend on a number of factors used for calculating this amount.
Why is this referendum occurring now?
The Board is looking at costs estimated from $800,000 to $1,000,000 in needed repairs to the Dover building within the next few years, and would need to spend in excess of $2,000,000 for the building to serve the district’s educational needs beyond 10 years. Doing nothing is not an option available to the Board. Even if the Board chose to repair the Dover facility, revenue from a bond issue referendum would be necessary.
A relocation of the Pre-School program to the Elementary facility will provide programming improvements and financial efficiency, as determined by a D-E Task Force and an extensive architectural study.
Some space needs at the Elementary facility have been addressed, but other issues are ongoing. This addition does not add “extras”, but does provide specific and necessary improvements.
The condition of the football/soccer field worsens each year due to increased use. An upgraded track has been a need for some time, but is more so now as D-E runs its own track program.
Your Board of Education will provide much more information and answer questions in many and various ways in the weeks ahead. We ask that you monitor our website, watch your mail, and follow the Eagle for ongoing opportunities to get facts and accurate information about this referendum. Please also feel free to contact a Board member or the Superintendent to discuss any aspect of this referendum.