Welcome to the Board Subcommittees
The Board of Education continues to plan for future growth and needs within the District and its Growth Committee continues to seek input from parents & citizens. The Board encourages and welcomes parents and citizens of Sandwich to participate in their discussions. During the meetings, sub-committees continue to study student-housing needs due to current & potential developments.
Various subcommittee work will include Buildings & Grounds Capacity; Community Participation; Programs & Services; Funding & Finance; and Progress & Timelines. The following information pertains to the committee's progress and discussions.
Please click on an item below to see more information about what is happening in that subcommittee.Buildings & Grounds Capacity
- A review of enrollment data pertaining to developments already approved and/or annexed and the amount of students projected to be added in the short-term.
- Purchase land and build a junior/senior center near the current high school. Having it near the current high school would not require athletic field duplication.
- Additional elementary building(s) would be built as needed in areas of new construction. In the area north of town a possible middle school could be added, as growth requires. New elementary buildings would be Pre-K through fifth grade.
- Depending on how much Prairie View and Haskin could be expanded they would remain Pre-K through fourth or become PreK through fifth grade attendance centers.
- starting out with correct sized core facilities;
- available land for building;
- possible cooperation with IVVC (sharing classroom space);
- possibility to enhance the fine arts;
- minimal busing changes
A review of impact and land cash fee structures at various government bodies.
- LaSalle County amended their land/cash ordinance which now includes a formula based off the local "fair market value"; and
- Sandwich School District continues to work with the village of Millington regarding consideration of adopting impact and land/cash fees similar to the City of Sandwich .
- 1999 Building - This bond was new and restructured from the 1995 building referendum at SHS and the 1998 building referendum to build the Middle School. The balance due is approximately $8 million. Last payment is scheduled for 2019.
- 2002 Life Safety - Last payment is scheduled for Dec. 2012.
- 2005 Life Safety - Last payment is scheduled for Dec. 2024.
- Tax Cap limits new Life Safety bonding without a referendum.
- Current bonds are about $8.7M
- Current new bonding capacity is about $24.7M ($33.4M minus $8.7M)
- If a referendum passes by 2/3, the 13.8% variable could be increased to 15%.
- The maximum bonds can be extended in years is 20 years.
- The increase in tax rate to generate approximately $25M in bonds would be about 40 cents.
- Other methods of raising revenue are from selling working cash bonds. This must be voter approved due to the tax cap. The total generated could equal 85% of what the Education Fund generates (about 6.2 million)
- Discussed needs regarding O&M fund rates. The current rate is 37.5 cents and currently over $400,000 of general state aid has been placed in the fund to help balance operating costs of existing buildings & grounds.
- In the even years (2006) there are two elections - spring & fall. The committee discussed the length of time to pass a referendum and actually build (2 years to build); therefore, Fall 2008 may be the best case scenario to build. Approximately 1 year is needed to design a project in addition to the actual build time.
- Impact Fees - $161,500.24
- Once the attendance center at the high school has been addressed, the next priority is to review best practices regarding our PreK- 8th grade programs. Elementary student centers may eventually be PreK-5 such as grades PreK-3 at Woodbury; grades PreK-5 at Prairie View & Lynn G. Haskin; and grades 6-8 at the middle school and Herman E. Dummer School (add onto PV & LGH/not WWW).
- Discussed all day kindergarten considerations as now may be the time to consider and include in additions/new construction plans.
* Reviewed approved subdivisions in Sandwich and projected increases in students.
* Discussed Yorkville situation where a school building is being constructed by the developer/builder.
* Discussed additions to existing schools and/or building new facilities.
* Discussed potential locations for future buildings.
* Discussed creating a brochure to distribute throughout the District.
* Discussed placing subcommittee minutes on the District website.
* Discussed the need to review current and future curriculum needs.
* Discussed the need to finalize an impact fee study. Ultimately, any changes to existing fees will need to be approved by the City Council.
* Discussed current and proposed county land/cash fees.
* Discussed a timeline for new construction.
* Discussed the need to coordinate with the other subcommittees to determine needs and monitor progress in reaching goals.