Message from the Superintendent
Dear Rebel Nation:
On the front cover, you got to see a concept drawing of the new PreK-12 drawing. If you read nothing else in this letter, I ask that you understand this one key point. The State will not help with our needed repairs because they are too great. They will only assist with building a new building by contributing 88% of the cost. Think of this as a car analogy. We have a 10-year-old car that is shiny and dust free. However, the engine and transmission are shot. In fact, the cost of the repairs exceeds the cost of buying a new car. In our case, we have a shiny building on the outside, but the mechanical parts of the building are failing. The State assessment, which was completed over a 14-month span, confirms that building new is less expensive than repairing.
Crestview has historically been fiscally responsible. In fact, we haven’t asked for money since 1992. Failure to pass this will heavily burden the operating fund of the district. We are in need of $9 million immediately for infrastructure and code repairs and will need an additional $21 million over the next several years. In essence, the community will have a much greater tax burden without the help of the State. Spending $9 million on repairs alone would be fiscally irresponsible when it only costs $5.2 million to build new.
In addition to repairs, the new building gives us an OPPORTUNITY to improve safety, security, shelter, and the learning for our students and staff.
Sprinkler systems in the entire building
Fire systems that connect directly to the fire department
Tornado area to withstand 250 mph winds
Wider corridors for transition and less blind spots
Secured entrances designed by Homeland Security
Safety and bulletproof glass
Scanning checks for anyone entering the schools with a police record
Sophisticated camera systems
New roof systems
Warm energy efficient heating, cutting expenses by 33%
Full access to all areas of the building for anyone with a disability
Septic systems on the outside of the building and not the inside
Wireless technology and multiple charging stations for digital learners
State of the Art interactive boards in all classrooms
Traditional classrooms with flexible stations that allow for creative problem solving
High-end soundproofing to allow for creative and inventive thinking
Increased natural lighting
The next two pages are a list of the most commonly asked questions with responses. The first town hall in September was recorded and is posted on our website (you can find it in the middle of the news section). There is a second town hall on October 18, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. In addition, we have many people hosting coffee houses in the community. There will also be a coffee house with the Superintendent on Saturday, October 20, 2018, and Saturday, November 3, 2018, both at 9:30 a.m. on the stage of the Performing Arts Center. Coffee and donuts will be provided.
Matthew T. Manley, Superintendent