Those who have been following this video series understand that the Hamilton School Board established the Community Facilities Advisory Committee in October to study community growth, enrollment projections and facilities needs in the district. The committee also reviewed the condition and serviceability of other spaces including middle and high school cafeterias and high school outdoor athletic fields.
Citizens can find descriptions of those projects including costs and tax impacts on the video page of the district website.
In addition to studying the space issues, the committee sought input from parents and staff on potential facility projects. Results from online surveys administered in November 2021 were compared to 2017 referendum surveys and shared with the committee.
Key findings from the surveys were:
- Parents and employees were in agreement about the need to address the cafeterias at Hamilton High School and Templeton Middle School.
- They were less in accord regarding a new elementary school which employees saw as a higher need than parents.
- Parents placed a higher priority on a new high school gym than employees did.
- The least amount of support was for high school athletic fields.
- Support for operational costs to address inflation was low for parents and employees.
- A sizable portion of respondents could use more information about operational costs and potential athletic field work.
- If all the projects were put to referendum, the tax impact is higher than what most survey respondents will accept.
In its report to the School Board last January, the committee recommended that the district educate employees, families and community members regarding the facility needs of the district.
Following community outreach efforts and a second round of surveys, the committee will meet again to present its final recommendation to the School Board.
Stay tuned for another 2-minute video next week.