G-R Facilities Task Force to Recommend Potential Bond Issue Question for Sept. 13

Over the past several months, a Facilities Task Force has been examining the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District’s facility needs and exploring potential solutions.

As a next step, the task force will make a recommendation to the School Board to place a bond issue question on the ballot for September 13, 2022. This question, if approved, would enable the district to address its most pressing facility needs at both campuses, including:

– HVAC system upgrades in both buildings to include heating and cooling

– Making every restroom and floor level handicap accessible, including the addition of an elevator

– A gym expansion at the Jr./Sr. High School

– Classroom additions to the elementary school

– Secured entry in both building

– Renovations and updates in both buildings.

These needs were identified through an 18-month facilities planning process. Earlier this year, the input and feedback provided through a community-wide survey helped the task force prioritize the district’s needs and find a potential solution.

“Throughout this process, we have engaged our community into the district’s facility needs and used a collaborative approach to prioritize and find solutions to those needs,” said Erik Smith, Superintendent. “We are pleased with the work of the task force in developing a potential solution that reflects the input and feedback of our district residents. We look forward to the task force’s presentation at the next board meeting and a robust discussion on possible next steps.”

The task force will present its recommendation to the School Board on Tuesday, June 14. After that, the board may decide to place a bond issue question on the ballot.