Phase 1 Update
Mr. White offers a tour of the new facilities and classrooms of the wing which will open on May 8 to all students.
Live Streaming Video
2016 Building Project Update
Fall 2016 Frequently Asked Questions
Exterior Perspective Rendering
Multipurpose Space Rendering
Front Entrance Rendering
Maker Space Rendering
The Oostburg School District (OSD) has a proud heritage of excellence in academics, athletics, arts, and co-curricular activities. Our students continue to perform at a very high level both in and out of the classroom. In addition, we consistently rank among the lowest in the state for spending per pupil.
While our buildings are well-maintained, there are some major facility issues which are too large to address within our operating budget. We believe that this is a good time to proceed to a referendum. In 2017, the OSD will pay off the loan associated with the middle school addition. This reduction of debt will lessen the tax impact of any new projects. Delaying these projects will likely cost us more as interest rates and construction costs are predicted to rise.
Strategic planning began in early 2012 with the formation of a Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) which included representatives from across our community. That committee met 18 times to review the following:
- A Facilities Study Report which included building conditions, educational adequacy and accessibility
- An overview of school funding and the District’s financial status
- Curricular and instructional needs which impact classroom and facility design
- Enrollment projections
The LRPC led the development and review of two community-wide surveys both of which provided clear direction to our School Board. Click here to view the 2015 survey and results. (For further reference, here are the 2013 survey results as well.)
The following timeline details the events leading up to the formation of the LRPC:
2008: The District completed “Phase I” of a multi-phase project addressing major high school needs. The District considered, but ultimately rejected, a proposal to add six new elementary classrooms. Instead, the District took a more conservative approach by building four elementary classrooms.
2010: The Board delayed “Phase II” of the project because of the poor economy. Phase II would have converted the high school gym into an auditorium and constructed a new gym.
2013: The District received clear direction from a community-wide survey on several issues:
- Do not pursue Phase II which would have built a new auditorium and expanded the gym
- Develop a plan to reduce elementary school overcrowding and replace the 1956 wing
- Focus resources on graduating students who are career and college ready
- Update technology
- Consider a referendum on or before 2017
2014: The District made considerable facility investments without going to referendum that included:
- Full renovation of the high school student services area
- Replacement of high school roof sections
- Removal of asbestos at the high school and elementary school
- Replacement of the high school bleachers to address safety concerns
- Improved Elementary and High School parking lots and address site drainage
Oostburg Elementary School (and the District as a whole) continues a trend of enrollment increases. That trend includes over 80 new students in this school year alone with over half of them at our elementary school. The existing school does not meet capacity. Spaces that were not designed for instruction, such as storage closets, hallways, a concession stand, and renovated showers, are regularly used for teaching and learning in an effort to meet current needs.
The 1956 elementary wing, the original section of OES, is almost 60 years old with much of the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical infrastructure being original and of substantial concern. The fact that this section was constructed on top of steam tunnels also creates significant challenges when considering renovation and expansion.
Repurposed Classroom Spaces
Cafeteria / Multipurpose Gym
Primary Wing Bathroom
District Food Prep Kitchen
After studying District-wide needs and evaluating the community survey response, the LRPC concluded that the needs that were most immediate and most supported by the community at this time are improvements to the Oostburg Elementary School. The LRPC studied the option of remodeling the 60 year old south elementary wing and found that solution to be less cost effective than to replace it. Local stakeholders with significant school construction experience have affirmed the recommendations provided by architects as related to replacement vs. renovation.
The following recommendation was developed:
- Replace south elementary wing
- Add classroom space to meet current needs
- Create new preparation kitchen for entire district with cafeteria/multipurpose room
The LRPC recommended a February 2016 referendum to address these needs.
In 2017, the District will pay off the middle school construction loan. As a result, beginning in 2018, the existing debt payment will begin to drop. The chart below shows that this reduction of loan payments could give the community an opportunity to invest $5 million in facility upgrades with no tax impact over the current level (as shown by the black line.) An investment of $9.59 million would represent an estimated annual tax increase of $25 for every $100,000 of a home’s value, over the current tax level. (*Assumes a 20-year borrowing period, a conservative 4.75% interest rate and the projected reduction in debt payments.)
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*Actual increase will vary depending on municipality of residence and represents an increase to current school debt taxes.
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