Changes have already occurred with the Brainerd School District's proposed $59.9 million building plan.
Ninth-graders would be housed in Mississippi Horizons, which would not be connected to the high school, if the building bond passes March 12.
The original plan was to establish a ninth- through 12th-grade campus by connecting the two buildings. The connection was to be done with a gymnasium. Adding the ninth-graders would have allowed students to share common facilities, such as industrial art rooms and the pool.
Superintendent Jerry Walseth said students would still be able to share the facilities because of the buildings' proximity. Walseth said the plan still includes a new gymnasium, but the gymnasium would be constructed on the west side of Mississippi Horizons.
In this concept, the school is on 40 acres on the west side of the property along Mountain Ash Drive. Each design has a central core, which includes a library, gymnasium, multi-purpose room, student service area, administration area and a combined cafeteria and auditorium.
Walseth said the plan had to change because the Brainerd School Board does not want to increase the amount of the bond referendum.
"The connection with the high school and Mississippi Horizons does not work cost-wise," he said.
Walseth said the road that would have to be constructed around the connection would cost more than expected.
Walseth also said ninth-graders do not have an open lunch and campus, like 10th- through 12th-graders do, and the district wants to be sensitive to that.
Voters have until March 12 to decide whether they support the $59.9 million building bond. Voters in the district supported a $1.5 million operating levy in November that will increase the district's general education revenue to $195 per pupil unit to bring in an estimated $1.5 million a year for 10 years.
Property owners in the district saw a decrease in their property taxes this year because of legislative changes, even though the levy passed. However, if the building bond is approved taxpayers would see an increase in their school taxes.
The estimated net change in taxes from 2002 to 2003 would be $52 more for a homeowner with a $100,000 market value home. This number includes the levy and the building bond. A homeowner with a $150,000 market value home would see a $77 increase and a homeowner with a $200,000 market value home would pay $103 more.
The increase for a commercial/industrial property owner would be $77 for a $100,000 commercial market value; $167 for a $200,000 commercial market value; and $475 for a $500,000 commercial market value.
A seasonal and recreational homeowner would pay $25 more a year with a $50,000 market value; $52 more with a $100,000 market value; and $103 more for a $200,000 market value.
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