The Board of Education met on March 18th and voted to move forward with the proposed consolidation of the district’s buildings into a PreK through grade 12 campus. The facility will be located on the current campus of Triway Junior High and High School.
This decision was reached by the board after more than a year of research, community engagement and upon reviewing information from a state performance audit. This decision is the most fiscally responsible for the district which will benefit students through improved efficiencies and increased opportunities.
A one campus model will allow for the better allocation of educational resources, including gifted programs, special education, fine arts, and STEAM, as well as increased mentoring and leadership opportunities for students. It will also increase the accessibility of crucial resources such as school health and mental health services as well as technology. The decision will ultimately create cost savings and efficiencies by combining district resources, including food service, maintenance and safety.
A ballot issue will be necessary to fund the construction of the new facility to completion. While the district will see additional funding from the Rover Pipeline, the money received will be significantly less than originally estimated. The Permanent Improvement fund revenue generated by the Rover Pipeline will provide financing options for approximately 9 million dollars of the project. Remaining pipeline revenue will be utilized to enhance educational programming options and provide safety, security and technology upgrades.
We understand that the proposed consolidation to a PreK-12 campus raises many questions and concerns. Future correspondence and informational meetings will be a part of the next phase of the facility master planning process.
Thank you for your continued support of Triway Local Schools.
Nate Schindewolf, Superintendent