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Pioneer School District Places Reduced Bond Amount on April Ballot
 
The Pioneer School District will ask voters to consider a $23.8 million bond measure on the April 22 ballot to replace the Intermediate/Middle School and expand the existing Pioneer Primary School.  After listening to district residents, the district worked through several scenarios to reduce the amount of the proposed bond by $3 million by making the following adjustments:
  1. Decreasing the square footage of the middle school replacement building
  2. Repairing the existing athletic fields rather than building new ones
  3. Using the existing elementary school multi-purpose/gymnasium space instead of building a new gym.
The proposed bond would cost Pioneer taxpayers an estimated $1.25 per $1,000 of current assessed value.  If approved by voters, the facility projects would likely be completed by the fall of 2016.
 
Expanding the existing Pioneer Elementary School would:ž
  • Create a standardized K-5 elementary school
  • Add 10 additional classrooms
  • Replace the building cooling system chillers
  • Add an outdoor covered play area
  • Increase parking and circulation
 Replacing Pioneer Intermediate/Middle School would:
  • Create a new 6-8 grade middle school to replace five buildings that were constructed as early as 1952
  • Improve student safety by eliminating outdoor transitions and multiple building entry points
  • Increase academic benefits such as specialized classrooms for science, library, music, special education, and physical education
  • Provide all students with access to current technology
  • Provide more opportunities for community use of school facilities after hours and on weekends
  • Replace electrical systems that are currently at capacity
  • Reduce operation and maintenance costs with one energy efficient building
“We are fortunate to have a strong history of support from the Pioneer community,” said Superintendent Martin Brewer. “We continue to work hard to ensure our students have the best possible environment in which to learn and thrive, therefore, we have made an effort to listen to our community and focus on the essentials as we ask voters to consider this bond proposal.”