• Facility Planning Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our Board of Education and staff have worked to maintain healthy and safe facilities for many years. However, there are significant needs far outside of the budget that must be addressed, particularly as it relates to safety, security and the district's aging and inefficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This issue will be before our voters at the June 28, 2022 general primary election.

    In the interest of full transparency and to make sure all questions are answered, the district is hosting two more facility information meetings. The next meeting is virtual only via Zoom on Monday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. Just click on the link to access the meeting. We will then host another in person meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cass Junior High choral room (room 125).

    Following are questions with detailed answers that should be helpful in understanding the needs, our plans, the costs and the rationale for our decisions so far. We welcome any and all questions.

  • 1. What are the facility plans and why is this necessary?

  • 2. How are the current HVAC systems outdated?

  • 3. Why did the school district wait until now to fix the system?

  • 4. Why not repair and replace things as they break down?

  • 5. Why not pay for this out of the school district budget?

  • 6. Why is a geothermal HVAC system being considered in our schools?

  • 7. What are the estimated energy and life-cycle cost savings?

  • 8. What is the question that will appear on the ballot and what does it mean?

  • 9. Has the school district sought grant funding to help offset costs?

  • 10. Will the project be bid? What if it costs less than anticipated?

  • 11. Can proceeds from bonds be used to pay salaries or benefits?

  • 12. Is there anything particularly unique about the school district's finances?

  • 13. How much will the proposed project impact taxes?

  • 14. Does Cass 63 have a high property tax rate?

  • 15. Does the school district already collect a large amount of revenues?

  • 16. Does the school district spend too much?

  • 17. When was the last time taxes were increased through a referendum?

  • 18. Would consolidating local school districts help?

  • 19. Where can I find voting information and timelines?

  • 20. Will there be informational meetings? How can I learn more?

  • 21. Where can I get more information?