G-R to host bond vote community meeting Aug. 24

September bond issue to fund key facility improvements

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The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District will host a community meeting on Wednesday, August 24. The event will focus on the district’s facility needs and the proposed bond issue on the ballot this September.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Gladbrook Memorial Building (W. Johnston Street). At the meeting, district staff, board members, and residents will discuss GRCSD’s facility needs, the potential solution on the ballot, and financing of the proposed project.

If approved on September 13, the $23.6 million bond would enable the district to address its most pressing facility needs in both buildings. These include upgrades to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, a gym expansion at the Junior/Senior High School, classroom additions at the elementary school, and secured entries at both buildings. The plan also calls for making every restroom and floor level handicap accessible, including the addition of an elevator.

“Throughout this process, we have sought the input and feedback of our community as we have examined our facility needs and reviewed a range of possible solutions,” said Erik Smith, G-R Superintendent. “Now, we look to continue this high level of engagement through our August 24 community event. We look forward to sharing more information and answering questions about our facility needs and the projects we are proposing.”

An approved bond would have a property tax impact of $199.58 annually ($16.63 per month) on a home assessed at $100,000. For agricultural land, the impact would be anywhere from $5.36 to $6.62 per acre annually, depending on the location in Tama, Black Hawk, Grundy, or Marshall County.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck currently has the 29th lowest tax levy rate in Iowa, out of more than 320 school districts. If the bond is approved, the district’s tax levy rate would still be lower than 143 other Iowa school districts.

To learn more about the September 13 bond vote and to view answers to frequently asked questions, visit “https://www.grcsdplanning.org”>https://www.grcsdplanning.org