• Greetings Mountie Nation!

     

    Happy Holidays!  This is has been an excellent start to the 17-18 school year.  There are so many exciting happenings here, and this newsletter will share much of what we are up to.  As a board of education we have been busy gathering input from the community about the state of our facilities.  We have been so grateful for all that we have been able to accomplish with the passing of the 2013 bond.  

     

    Here a just a few highlights:

    • New 1,000 seat cafetorium and new auxiliary gym
    • District-wide new secure main entries
    • High school-new high efficiency boilers, corridor ceilings, heating units, heating pumps and piping, temperature controls, water heater, water pumps
    • High school and middle school-upgrades to fire alarm, emergency lighting, electrical, mechanical
    • District-wide roof work
    • District-wide logo/signage improvements
    • District-wide tile and pipe fitting abatements
    • Middle school-new air handling units, corridor ceilings, heating units, heating pumps and piping, temperature controls, water heater, water pumps, etc…
      Upgrades to fire alarm, emergency lighting, electrical, mechanical
    • Northwest elementary school-chiller restoration (A/C) and new high efficiency boilers, heating pumps and piping, water pumps; upgrades to fire alarm, emergency lighting, electrical, mechanical
    • At the lower elementary school-built and furnished the new NW Early Elementary School-demolished old building
    • At the Education Center-new secure main entry
      logo/signage improvements, upgrades to electrical, plumbing and mechanical

     

    We have also been able to do some additional work beyond the scope of the bond due to the great interest rates, value engineering and frugal contractors.  Below is the list:

     

    • High School
      New weight room
      New wrestling room
      New bleachers in the competition gym
      Main office remodel

    Chilled water piping added (A/C ready)

     

    • Middle School
      Main office remodel
      Chilled water piping added (A/C ready)

    • Upper Elementary  
      Main Office remodel

    • Early Elementary School
      7 additional classrooms added

    • Education Center
      New electrical service
      Partial kitchen remodel

    As these improvements have been significant, we are still looking at the need for additional updates to get us to a level that we should be able to maintain for years to come. This fall, I visited 16 community meeting venues to gather input about how we should proceed with addressing these needs. We have posted a survey on our website and social media to continue to gather input from the community.  As a result of this survey, our Board of Education has responded by voting a resolution on November 13th to move forth with offering our community the opportunity to pass a small bond of 1.9 mills this May.   This would allow us to address the present needs and still keep Northwest Community Schools below four of the six surrounding school districts in mills levied. For additional information please see the bond webpage.

     

    Please plan to vote on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

     

    Thank you for your support of Northwest Community Schools.

    More information on our Bond Plans can be found here.

    We are Northwest…

    Go Mounties!!



    Geoff Bontrager Ed.S.

    Superintendent

    Northwest Community Schools

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