Community Notes: An update on plans for high school renewal
By Dr. Anne Lundquist, Superintendent, Charles City Community Schools
Dear Charles City Community Schools families and community members:
While Charles City High School is a big point of pride in our community, the building has a number of significant facility needs.
Improvements are needed to the systems and finishes in the 63-year-old building, and there are numerous items and equipment that are at the end of their useful lives and need to be replaced.
By acting now, we can address these needs before they become irreparable while continuing to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students now and in the years to come.
After carefully reviewing community feedback and financial impacts, the School Board is considering a possible solution known as “Revitalize.” It would include the following projects at our high school:
• Significant upgrades to safety and security.
• 21st century learning spaces to enhance the educational environment for students.
• Revitalization of outdated circles and special needs area.
• Addition of an 800-seat auditorium.
There is now a petition circulating in our community for a potential bond vote. If the petition gathers 500 signatures, the question will be put forth to our school district community for a vote in November 2023.
The estimated property tax impact of the proposed solution would be $2.70 per year on every $1,000 of taxable property value (not assessed value). For example, a home assessed at $150,000 would result in a property tax increase of about $180 per year, or $15 per month.
To find more information and browse frequently asked questions about the high school needs and potential solution, please visit www.charlescitybond.org.
As always, thank you for your support of the Charles City Community Schools and the students we serve.