On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, residents of the Solon Community School District will vote on a $25.5 million bond issue. An approved bond would allow the District to complete the following projects:

EXPAND SOLON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

SIS Expansion

When Solon Intermediate School was built in 2017, it was designed with an additional wing to be built when enrollment grew. With current and future growth, the school now needs additional classrooms, a gym, and support spaces.

The addition at Solon Intermediate School would include:

  • Seven (7) general education classrooms

  • One (1) special education classroom and space

  • One (1) project-based learning room

  • One (1) station gym

UPDATE LAKEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

While the school has been well maintained, due to its age, many of the building’s major systems, including electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling, need updates or replacement. In addition, many of the finishes are worn and beyond their life expectancy and need to be replaced.

CREATE A DEDICATED TRANSPORTATION FACILITY

The District recently purchased the former truck shop on the north edge of Solon to serve as the Transportation Center for the District. This building will be renovated to provide needed space for buses to receive routine maintenance and park out of the elements in the winter months.

DEMOLISHING THE FORMER MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL AND BUILDING OFFICE SPACE

The current administrative offices and board room are located in the former middle/high school. Due to the significant investment needed to address aging systems and lack of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, the building will be demolished and a new, smaller, energy-efficient space can be built to serve the District’s administrative needs.

ADD MULTI-PURPOSE LARGE GROUP SPACE

Space is needed for indoor programming during the school day, as well as for the District’s co-curricular activities and youth community programming.

COMPLETE UPDATES AT SPARTAN STADIUM

The turf is more than 12 years old and in need of replacement to continue to serve our athletics, music, and youth/community programs.

Property Taxes

WHAT ARE THE DISTRICT’S PRESSING FACILITY NEEDS?

The Solon Community School District has identified the following challenges:

ENROLLMENT GROWTH

Since 2014, the District has seen a steady increase in enrollment, serving an additional 156 students today. Enrollment projections for the next 10 years indicate continued growth as new housing developments, with an anticipated 500 new residential lots, will bring additional families with school-age children to the District. As enrollment increases, additional classroom and support spaces will be
needed throughout

AGING BUILDING SYSTEMS AND FINISHES

Lakeview Elementary School and the District Administrative Office need updates to major building systems (electrical, plumbing, heating, and ventilation). The roofs, doors, ceilings, flooring, and casework are also in need of repair and/or replacement. Additionally, updates are needed to address the ADA code compliance.

The turf field at Spartan Stadium was originally installed in 2010, is operating beyond its service life, and is in need of replacement to continue to safely meet the needs of athletics, music, and youth and community programming.

BUS PARKING AND MAINTENANCE

The District has long desired a covered space for bus parking, as well as an off-site location for routine fleet maintenance. This will improve the Transportation Department’s efficiencies, extend the life of District-owned buses, and reduce the amount of time drivers spend prepping buses in the winter months.

LACK OF INDOOR LARGE GROUP ACTIVITY SPACE

As student enrollment has grown, so has the number of students participating in extracurricular activities, as well as the number of activities offered. As a result, there is a need for additional multi-purpose indoor space to meet the needs of the District and community.

BALLOT QUESTION

Shall the Board of Directors of the Solon Community School District in the Counties of Johnson and Linn, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $25,500,000 to provide funds to construct, furnish, and equip an addition to Solon Intermediate School building and improve the site; to renovate, remodel, improve, repair, furnish and equip Lakeview Elementary building and improve the site; to renovate, remodel, improve, repair, furnish and equip the Transportation Center; to construct, furnish, and equip a new Administrative building and improve the site; to construct, furnish, and equip a new multi-purpose indoor activity facility and improve the site; and to install a new field at Spartan Stadium?

EARLY & ABSENTEE VOTING

Early voting is available at the Johnson County Auditor's Office from February 15, 2023, to March 6, 2023, at 5:00 PM.

Johnson County Auditor's Office
913 S Dubuque St Suite 101
Iowa City, IA 52240

You can also receive a ballot by mail by calling 319-356-6004. Ballots must be returned by the time polls close on election day.

ASSIGNED POLLING PLACES

You must vote at your assigned polling place.

Big Grove | St. Mary Catholic Church
1749 Racine Ave. NE

Cedar | Johnson County Conservation Sutliff Shop
5438 Sutliff Rd. NE

Graham | Celebration Farm
4696 Robin Woods Ln. NE

Jefferson East/Shueyville | Shueyville Community Building
2863 120th St. NE

Newport | Celebration Farm
4696 Robin Woods Ln. NE

Solon | Solon City Hall
101 N. Iowa St.

COMMUNITY REFERENDUM INFORMATION MEETINGS

Monday, February 13, 2023
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Solon Community Center, 301 South Iowa Street

Monday, February 13, 2023
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Solon High School - Center for Arts, 600 West 5th Street

Thursday, February 23, 2023
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Virtual: Click
here to join the virtual meeting

In addition to the bond issue, residents will also vote on the renewal of the Physical Plant & Equipment Levy and the Revenue Purpose Statement (SAVE) on March 7. These funding sources support equipment purchases and building maintenance projects. This will not increase the tax rate.