November 5th, 2019
Better Schools, Better Communities
School Bond Election: DeSmet Elementary is asking for your support to upgrade our facilities. The Bond will cover the cost of a gym, cafeteria, classroom wing and a library remodel to meet 21st century educational goals and rigor.
Land Sale Election: To help offset the cost of the expansion, we also are asking for your support in selling lots next to our school for owner occupied housing. The net proceeds will be used to drive down the cost of the bonds. With the addition of housing around the school plus the housing slated for development in Butler Creek , DeSmet Elementary will see a significant rise in student population over the next several years.
The building design is created with a community center in mind. The gym, cafeteria , and classrooms can be used by community members after school hours. DeSmet Elementary will be the heart of the community, for the students, families and businesses.
Financing the Future
The cost of the remodel and expansion is estimated at 44 mills. The estimated cost is $10 cost a month on a $200,000 home. Compared to 2017 tax it is an increase of $1.80 a month, or the cost of a cup of coffee per month on a $200,000 home.