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The SCEC was formed to educate members of the Shepherd community about the upcoming bond, which will be voted on in May 2019. This bond seeks to address needed improvements and renovations to Shepherd schools and facilities. Please take a few moments to watch the video below, which outlines the major issues our teachers, administration and students are currently facing on a daily basis.

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As the Shepherd Community Education Committee (SCEC), our goal is to provide factual information about the current issues facing our education facilities. With a proposed bond scheduled to be voted on in May 2019, we hope to facilitate discussion and input from all members of our community. Our goal is to provide facts about the current education facilities, as well as the proposed changes so that members of the Shepherd community can make an informed, educated vote on this issue.

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.

Margaret J. Wheatley

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Why it's needed
The Issues

The District has asked D.A. Davidson to address whether Debt Service Fund money can be used to pay for a modular classroom and the response is as follows: 

 

Money in the District’s Debt Service Fund must by legal Bond Resolution be used only for paying debt service on the Bonds and cannot be used for other operating or building purposes.  The small reserve the District has in the Elementary District’s Debt Service Fund is therefore strictly allocated for principal and interest payments on the outstanding Bonds.  Because the Elementary District has enough monies now with the $5,000 donation to pay in full the 2002 Bond at $135,000 that was to mature in 2022, the Board elected to use the available Debt Service Fund money to save remaining interest costs of $13,500 and pay the 2002 Bond in full.

 

Of further note, one more payment in the amount of $25,000 is due on the only other Bond of the Elementary District but the District does not have enough in the Debt Service Fund to make that final payment early and interest is only $750 so that final levy will be made as scheduled in 2019/20.  Schools keep reserves in their funds as a best financial practice to mitigate any tax delinquencies or protests.  At one time the State provided State aid for debt service funds in small amounts for eligible districts to help offset debt service levies but the State monies for debt service purposes have not been available for several years because of a prior legislative change in how State resources are allocated.

 

 

    BRIDGET EKSTROM Senior Vice President, Public Finance Banker

D.A. Davidson & Co.

 

Kindergarten classes displaced

During the first week of the 2018-2019 school year, the kindergarten building was condemned due to poor air quality.  Kindergarten classes were cancelled for several days as the teachers and administration rushed to relocate the 3 kindergarten classrooms, as well as the music program, into the already crowded elementary building.

Overcrowding

Many teachers are now required to conduct portions of their lessons in hallways, as well as transporting teaching materials on carts.  Typically, classrooms are grouped together by location so that the teaching teams may rotate students for certain activities.  With the kindergarten classes spaced so far apart, this has drastically impacted the lessons and activities available for these students.

Security inadequacy

The school currently has many public access points with poor to no visibility of outside visitors.

Electrical/heating issues

The classrooms throughout the school have very few electrical outlets, limiting the use of learning tools required.  The heating system throughout the school is not functioning properly.

Meal Service

Currently, there is one small kitchen (located in the elementary building) that supplies breakfast/lunch to the 800+ students of the entire school.  Students in 2nd grade through 5th grade are required to eat in their classrooms.  Meals for the Junior High and High School must be transported manually to the multipurpose room in the high school building that is also used for sports practices and community meetings.  This transferal process is incredibly difficult – especially through snow and during cold winter months.  Supplies for the meal program are kept in storage and must be loaded into a vehicle, transferred to the kitchen, and unloaded, as needed.

What's in Store
The Plans

We heard your requests! All the wants are gone. We are down to the needs!
$6,000,000 Budget Reduction!
How we got there:
  • Removed District Office and Meeting Room
  • Reduced lunchroom, kitchen, library, PE & VO-Ag spaces
  • Physical Education space built as an unfinished shell
  • Change building construction type
  • Reduced Remodeled area and site work
THE DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY GOALS
  • SINGLE LOCATION – All grades under one roof
  • SECURITY – Defined and secure entries
  • FOOD SERVICES – Located to serve all students and staff
  • OFFICE INTEGRATION – Combine High School and Middle School offices
  • PARKING – Adequate parking for students, staff and guests
  • CHILD PICK-UP AREAS – Safer traffic flow
  • PLAYGROUND AREAS – Develop outdoor areas for student use
THE NEEDS
  • Replace the lost Elementary Classrooms and provide for future growth
  • Consolidate Elementary administration at one secure entry point
  • Provide better Nurses facilities
  • Update electrical and HVAC Units
  • Provide adequate Middle School Science Rooms
  • Update Middle School locker rooms
  • Update Middle School Restrooms
  • Provide additional High School Classrooms and provide for future growth
  • New science rooms and storage
  • Locate consolidated library under the same secure roof
  • Provide expanded lunchroom and kitchen facilities
  • Consolidate HS/MS offices at a secure entry point
  • Provide additional Vo-Ag space and power upgrades
THE PROPOSED PLAN
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • Six (6) New Classrooms
  • Secure Entry and Administration Offices
  • Sick Room and Nurse’s Office
  • Resource and Teacher Areas
MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • Two remodeled science rooms
  • Updated locker rooms and restrooms
  • Move MS Art to former HS art room
HIGH SCHOOL
  • Four remodeled classrooms
  • Remodeled and expanded art room
  • Two new science rooms
  • Updated restrooms
SHARED
  • Expanded Lunchroom and Kitchen
  • New Family Consumer Science Room
  • All school Library with computer classrooms
  • Consolidated Physical Education Space
  • Remodeled SPED Rooms
  • New Vo-Ag Classrooms and Lab
  • Building Maintenance

SHEPHERD PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROJECTED BUDGET VALUES

  • ON-SITE COSTS $ 715,600
  • BUILDING COSTS $8,805,548
  • FF&E $ 200,000
  • SOFT COSTS $1,070,000
  • CAMPUS PROJECTS $ 150,000
  • OWNER’S BUDGET $ 75,000
  • CONTINGENCY $ 975,000
  • PROJECT TOTALS $11,991,148
HOW WE GOT THERE
  • REMOVED DISTRICT OFFICE, MEETING ROOM
  • REDUCED LUNCHROOM, KITCHEN, LIBRARY, PE SPACE, VO-AG
  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION SPACE BUILT AS UNFINISHED SHELL
  • CHANGE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION TYPE
  • REDUCED REMODELED AREA
  • CHANGED SCOPE OF REMODEL AREA
  • REDUCED SCOPE OF SITE WORK
  • BUILDING RESERVES KEPT IN PLACE

 

 

 

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What It Means for You
Tax Impact

We have heard your requests! Due to new reductions the tax impact from the previous bond amount has decreased 39% for the Shepherd District and 64% for the Pioneer District.

 

 

To calculate your tax impact, please visit:

http://svc.mt.gov/dor/property/prc

  • Enter your address
  •  Use the “Taxable Value”

Shepherd School Districts (Both Elementary and High School)

TAXABLE VALUE      X .11081

 

High School District (Pioneer District)

TAXABLE VALUE   X .02890

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