WAO Construction Update: September 2023

As the new 2023-24 school year begins, we look forward with anticipation to rebidding the WAO School Construction Project in mid-October 2023.  During the summer months, the school board, steering committee members, construction manager (Donlar), and architect (ICON), have re-evaluated the plan design for both the new addition and remodel of existing rooms.  The school has also continued working with financial advisors (Ehlers) to make the most of the available funds.  August 2023, the school board passed a resolution issuing Facilities Maintenance Bonds to support available project funds.  Using an annual portion of existing LTFM (Long Term Facilities Maintenance) funds to pay the cost of bond interest and principal over the next 13 years, the district will be able to secure up to an additional $1M for the project, at no additional levy/cost to taxpayers.  The school district is moving forward with an updated design and financial plan of action; at the same time holding true to the solutions proposed prior to the November 2023 vote. Initial groundbreaking is expected to begin in the spring of 2024.

Kirk Thorstenson

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