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Planning for District Growth

The Hamilton School District is in the process of developing long-term financial and facility plans to address two primary challenges: how to secure additional funding and how to address space concerns inside some of our schools. Ultimately, any plans must reflect the priorities of our community.

The Community Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) is currently studying community growth, student enrollment projections and future facility needs. In early 2022, the Hamilton School District created brief informational videos (links below) to help explain the topics committee members are discussing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the community growth impacting district enrollment?New subdivision growth is expected to continue, increasing enrollment in the Hamilton School District. District enrollment increased by 111 students this year, compared to the 2021-22 school year. The following chart shows the District’s actual and projected enrollment growth.
bar graph showing increasing current enrollment and a projected enrollment of 5318 by the 2027-28 school year
What is the Community Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC)?

The Community Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) is a group of approximately 50 individuals: staff, parents, and community members from throughout the district.

The Committee previously met three times in the fall of 2021 and reconvened in November of 2022. The Committee is scheduled to meet again in December of 2022 and January of 2023. The Committee will report to the School Board in January of 2023.

How can I find out more about what the CFAC is discussing?

The Hamilton School District created short informational videos in early 2022 (links below) to provide more information and explain factors to consider such as mill rates, tax implications and financial projections.

Informational Videos

Community Growth
The communities of the District are growing with more subdivisions than expected (Feb. 2022)
Projecting Enrollment
The process used to project enrollment in a growing community (Feb. 2022)
Other School Facilities Needs
Other district facilities needs besides classroom space(Feb. 2022)
Impact of Revenue Caps on the District Budget
How revenue caps locked in inequities among school districts (March 2022)
Recent Impacts On District Budget
More recent developments in school funding (March 2022)
Why Hamilton’s Mill Rate Dropped After the 2018 Referendum
Factors that determine school tax rates and why the District’s mill rate dropped (March 2022)
Referendums in the Hamilton School District
The process of going to referendum and past results (March 2022)
Capital vs. Operational Referendums
Both types of referendums and how they could be used in the District (April 2022)
Costs of Projects the CFAC Considered
Financial implications of addressing facilities concerns (April 2022)
Estimated Tax Impact on District Property Owners
Estimated tax impact of nine projects that were considered (May 2022)

Is the district proposing a referendum?

Currently no. However the Community Facilities Advisory Committee has been meeting to discuss ideas and potential solutions to address building space and budget concerns. Ultimately, any plans must reflect the priorities of our community.

Increasing enrollment has resulted in school building space concerns. The state’s decision to freeze funding for school districts for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years has resulted in future budget concerns.

The committee will make a recommendation to the School Board in January of 2023. At that time, the School Board will make a decision as to whether the District will pursue a referendum to address current and future needs.

What is the operational budget?Operational costs include all district expenses such as salaries and benefits, transportation, supplies, textbooks, software, equipment, utilities, maintenance, insurances, etc.
Why is the district asking if the community would support an increase in school funding to cover operational costs?Along with building projects, the District is seeking community feedback regarding the potential of increasing funding for the operational budget.

The District funding is restricted by “revenue limits” that are determined by the state. The state’s decision to freeze funding for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year, along with increasing inflation, has created funding challenges for the District.

Where can I find more information?

Community members can expect frequent updates to this page.