About the Project
What am I voting for?
Elementary – create a safe & secure entrance as well as improve mechanical & electrical upgrades along with temperature control renovations
Intermediate – create a safe & secure entrance, classroom updates and improve mechanical & electrical upgrades along with temperature control renovations
Middle – 4 additional classrooms, expand & renovate the locker rooms (using the existing multi-purpose room), add a multi-purpose room and gymnasium vestibule
High – 4 additional classrooms (2 general classrooms, art classroom & Career Tech classroom, expand the VoTech lab educational space
Athletics/Activities – band room addition and improvements, improvements to the intermediate track, improvements to the existing baseball and softball fields, a new baseball and softball fields at the current football complex, level ground north of the MS for a practice field
G.O. Bond Language
The proposed projects include interior improvements to the Elementary School and Intermediate School buildings, interior improvements and additions to the Middle School and High School buildings, and outdoor athletic field improvements including a new Baseball Field, a new Softball Field, and a new practice soccer field.
2006 Middle School opened
2013 High School opened & 4th building added (Intermediate School)
2015 Multiple new housing developments opened
2015 Recommended Master Planning Process began
2016 Haila Architecture was selected to begin Phase I assessment
2017 Phase II planning began
2017 Gilbert School Board approved the Phase II study and the motion to move towards a bond vote
2018 April 3, 2018, Bond Referendum Vote
Gilbert Schools first initiated long-range planning work in the fall of 2015. The board recognized continued enrollment growth and wanted to be sure that we were in good standing as we welcomed more and more new students each school year. Multiple committee meetings were held to gain insight from our community, parents and staff to determine what priorities needed to be addressed. A thorough evaluation was completed by Haila Architecture in conjunction with KCL Engineering of all mechanical and electrical conditions at all 4 district buildings.
The final report, approved by the Gilbert Board of Education on November 13, 2017 can be read below:
- Haila – Phase 1 Report
- Haila – Phase 2 Report
Community Forums were held on April 19, 26 & 29, 2017. View the recorded presentation as well as read through the presentation below.
Gilbert Schools is the 8th fastest growing district in the state of Iowa. During the planning stages, Gilbert Schools commissioned ISFIS to complete an enrollment projection study to be completed. Taking into account birth rate, housing developments and other factors, they determined 1%-1.5% annual growth. Looking at growth with a straight 3% annual growth, as seen over the past 10 years seems to be more aligned with what Gilbert Schools has seen and the rate that the school board agreed to move forward with.
- Over the last 26 years – annual enrollment growth = + 2.75%
- Over the last 10 years – annual enrollment growth = + 3.25%
A complete ISFIS report can be reviewed in the Phase 2 report above.