Food cart and tables

Fairview students are served in a hallway and eat in the foyer.

Referendum Focus: Elementary projects

Posted February 19, 2018

In addition to new gyms at Fairview and Parkview elementary schools, the April 3 referendum includes several additional proposals to enhance the security and wellness of our youngest students.

Fairview does not have a cafeteria or kitchen, so students are served from mobile carts set up in the hallway and eat at tables set up in the foyer. Parkview has a small cafeteria and a small kitchen, but neither are big enough to serve the current student population without impacting academic schedules, so plans call for expansion of those facilities.

The referendum also includes plans to relocate the main offices at both schools to better control visitor access and provide for more secure entrances. Both schools also would receive building-wide HVAC updates with air conditioning throughout, to create better learning environments.

In addition, Fairview would receive new art and music classrooms, as the current art room is in the basement, with no natural light and accessibility issues.

Some have suggested that the district should build one large elementary school instead of remodeling Fairview and Parkview. That option was explored, but found to be much more expensive. Further, there is mounting evidence that smaller schools provide an environment for improved student achievement. In addition, parents, alumni and other community members have indicated that they value neighborhood schools.

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About the referendum

The referendum question, which will be on the April 3 ballot, asks voters if they support borrowing up to $31.9 million to improve safety/security; to expand learning opportunities for high school students; and to provide better access to education, wellness and recreation for students and the community.

The district is putting the referendum question before voters after spending nearly a year conducting a thoughtful and thorough evaluation of existing facilities and seeking community feedback through focus groups and a districtwide survey.

The Board of Education believes this is a good time to consider a referendum, given the district’s tradition of fiscal responsibility, its low mill rate compared to other districts, and historically low interest rates.

District officials are available to visit community groups to share information and answer questions regarding the referendum; call the district office at 892-2661 to arrange a talk. In addition, the district has scheduled two Open Houses to provide information about the referendum:

  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at Fairview
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Parkview

Learn more:

Read an article about where you can get more information about the referendum.
Read an article about the new gyms proposed for Fairview and Parkview.
• Visit the Referendum Information webpage at
• Call 892-2661.
• Email