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Information from Newspaper Ad on the May 2, 2000 Special Election

We are pretty much facing the same bond issues again in 2002, so we are showing you what we wrote about them in 2000. A word to the wise!

(School Bond Proposition)

ITA Takes a look at the Bond Proposition

Where have all the Children gone?

(graph) Using the school district's own numbers, from the year 1998 through 2000, our school district will be reduced by 1768 students - equal to four 400-student schools! It is as important to prepare financially for decreases in enrollment, as it is to plan for increases. The sad truth is that it is entirely probable that we will be forced to close some of our schools because the state contributes financially on a per student basis. The loss of this many students will mean the loss of multi-millions of dollars in funding. The really unfortunate part is that it will probably be the smaller schools in the outlying areas that will be the first ones to hit the chopping block. We do not intend this statement as a "scare tactic," but present it because it is reality. (picture of Hutch)

Where has all the Voc-Ed gone?

The one redeeming item on this ballot might be the Hutchison Career Center, which, if this package fails, you can expect to return on the October ballot as a stand-alone proposition. Another thing that we feel is very disturbing is that when North Pole High School was built, it had a "state of the art" Voc. Ed. center. The school district chose to gut the program (equipment was moved or sold off) and now they are asking us to bond $1.5 million to restore it, just as they are now asking for $14,000,000.00. to restore the voc ed program at Hutchison Career Center that they themselves gutted! If you vote NO now, you should have the opportunity to vote on most of the items as separate issues in the fall election.

Where have all the buildings gone?

Photo of Nordale - $7.5 million

Photo of Denali - $8.5 Million

 Our current mayor and assembly, along with our school board, are telling us that these two schools are falling apart and our children are playing on unsafe playground equipment. Yet just a few years ago, our then borough mayor stated "Our older schools have a reputation for being the best maintained schools in the state."

The borough values the above two buildings at $16 million. With the decline in enrollment and state funding, does it make any sense to destroy these structures? We all want what is best for our children, but at what cost? It is a wise parent who stops to consider the financial burden that such a debt would place on these youngsters' futures? The actual construction cost of the two new schools is estimated to be $18.5 million. Why then are we being asked to bond for $29.3 million? We at ITA are definitely not opposed to good schools. But as always, in looking out for the taxpayers, we feel that people should get the best possible deal for their hard earned dollars. We do not feel that this bond package does that.

Where has all the money gone?

We feel it only prudent to ask how some of the money from the last bond issue was spent. Here is just some of the duplication we found:
$64,210,129.00 - 1996 Bonds approved and spent:


$57,000,000.00 - 2000 Bonds requested:

Hunter Elementary (Renovation and addition)



Hunter Elementary


Denali Elementary (Renovation - not the first done to this building)



Denali Elementary

$14,650,000.00 (actual construction cost is $9,250,000.00)

Nordale Elementary (Renovation - not the first done to this building)

$750,000.00   Nordale Elementary

$14,650,000.00 (actual construction cost is $9,250,000.00)

North Pole Elementary (Renovation and addition)



North Pole Elementary


District Wide Computer Technology Upgrades for: 

Badger Road
Pearl Creek
Two Rivers
University Park

(same for the following. which include schools they now want to tear down:
Howard Luke
Hutchison Career Center
Ticasuk Brown
North Pole High School)


Pearl Creek
Two Rivers
University Park



If these projects were not completed with proceeds from the 1996 bonds, we would like to know why not, and where the money is!

on maintenance 
since 1995!


Where has all the maintenance gone?

With all the money allocated to maintenance since 1995, how is it possible that our children are playing on "unsafe" playground equipment and our buildings are "falling apart"?


Where have our property taxes gone?

The chart below lists projects already bonded and being paid for with our property taxes. With the exception of the Noel Wien Library, all are school related.

Year authorized Project Name Issue   State Reimbursement Rate
1985 Renovations/Repairs 
to 8 schools
$6,300,000 90%
1985 Alternative Junior/Senior High School 80%
1985 Lathrop High School Physical Education Addition $5,538,000.00 80%
1985 One elementary school plus districtwide repairs 80%
1987 Renovation and/or additions to Joy, University Park, Hunter, Birch and Two Rivers Elementary Schools Hunter, Birch and Two Rivers Elementary Schools $16,000,000.00 80%
1993 Early retirement of a portion of Series P,Q, and R $42,615,000.00 80-90%
1996  School and 1996 School Facilities Projects, Phase I $16,320,000.00 70%
1997 to Noel Wien Library $35,250,000 70%
1999 district-wide technology upgrades to school facilities $26,210,000.00 70%
Total for Schools and library $168,508,000.00
Requested for this year $57,000,000.00
Grand Total $225,508,000.00

Our school district is totally out of control. There is no policy, no consistency, no long term planning. They bond to build, tear down and gut programs, then bond to put the same ones back again. We and our future generations will be faced with the responsibility of paying for this travesty. How much of this fun can our children afford?

VOTE NO this Tuesday, MAY 2  

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Donna Gilbert, President  ITA Phone (907) 456-8031.
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