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A-D-M board looks at facilities’ needs

Adel residents could be asked to support a February 4 bond referendum to accommodate future growth at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Community Schools.

A facilities master planning project has been on the board’s radar since early 2012 when the school enlisted frk architects + engineers to explore district site improvements.

The improvements would encompass Adel Elementary, DeSoto Intermediate, A-D-M Middle and High Schools.

At the elementary level, six additional classrooms, a reconfigured bus drop-off and pick-up, and improved site security are proposed.

Eight more classrooms are included in the project scope at DeSoto Intermediate along with a central adminstration office area with enhanced security.

At the middle school, eight more classrooms would be added, and three science classrooms would be included at the high school.

In addition to site improvements, the project also encompasses re-purposing the former A-D-M Middle School to house central office staff, additional storage and athletic programming.

“We know growth is coming,” Superintendent Greg Dufoe said. “A February bond issue allows us to get started as soon as possible, and we could have the project completed by August 2015.”

Although a preliminary cost estimate for the project could be as much as $13.7 million, Dufoe stated the board is looking at a no tax-rate increase.

“We are in a really good position to abate using our sales tax revenue,” Dufoe said. “The board, for years, has been sensitive to keep a stable tax rate. We want to be able to protect our future debt service limit as we prepare for additional growth.”

According to Dufoe, the board’s next steps are to narrow down a final cost as well as the ballot language.

The board did not take any action on the item, but agreed to address the item during their next monthly meeting.

Other business:

• The board agreed to reinstate middle school baseball and softball programs including the hiring of four new coaching positions.