Deer Creek school board members Monday night authorized the drafting of a resolution calling for a February bond election.

The proposed four-year $31.7 million issue from 2006-2010 would result in no tax increase, maintaining the rate at 35 mills.

The bond issue timeline will not be included in the bond resolution, giving the district greater flexibility on precisely when individual projects will be started, said Superintendent Becky Wilkinson. By tinkering with the length of paying back the bonds, the district should be able to pay back all $31.7 million without having to raise property taxes, said Board President Jim Benson.

While the district anticipates no increase on its commitment to no increases above 35 mills, the millage rate is established when each piece of the bond is sold and during the payback period, Benson said Jim Benson.

Board members likely will vote on the resolution during the next regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 14.

Priority projects would be a second $15 million middle school with work tentatively beginning in March of 2009, an $8 million fourth elementary school with work beginning in September 2008, an $3.7 million high school addition with work beginning in September 2006 and a $1 middle school safe room with work scheduled to begin in September 2006.

Those four projects would total an estimated $27.7 million.

Other projects include $500,000 for land for a future school site, $330,000 for transportation needs, $1 million for technology, $1 million for site needs, $400,000 for athletics and $1 million for facility maintenance.

These projects would total an estimated $3.9 million.

According to the preliminary resolution draft, the high school addition would include but not be limited to 12 classrooms, a cafeteria, administrative offices, storage rooms, furniture and technology.

The middle school safe room would contain a practice gymnasium, a bathroom, locker rooms, lockers and equipment.

Transportation needs would include the purchase of three 72-passenger buses, one passenger vehicle and two eight- to 12-passenger activity vehicles.

The resolution also calls for the construction and equipping of a $140,000 bus maintenance and parking facility.

Combined cost of all projects would be $22.2 million, or 70 percent of the $31.7 million bond package.

Board Vice President Greg Cwayna suggested that the $250,000 for a future land purchase be increased to $500,000.

Board member Jan Larsen said based on her survey of area land prices the change is prudent.

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