• Facilities

    Facilities Committee:
    Mary M. Knight School Board asked administration to form a Community Facilities Committee to review the current state of district facilities and to recommend a course of action. Over 20 community members were invited to join the process. A group of 10 met consistently every other week from mid-February through May.
    The Facilities Committee became familiar with the current state of district buildings through review of the District’s Study and Survey in conjunction with a tour of the buildings.
    State Funding of Construction:
    Washington has a complex funding formula that involves square footage eligible for modernization. Once a district receives a state match for a bond, they are not eligible to receive state construction funding for 30 years. This 30 year limit figured heavily into the Committee’s consideration.
    Original Options as set forward in the Study and Survey:
    Remodel Elementary Building
    Add an elementary wing to the Jr/Sr high school
    Reconfigure MMK to a K-8 District
    Option 3 was rejected due to long-term costs. When a district does not provide grades 9-12, they are required to pay receiving districts. This cost is between $1,800 and $2,500 per student per year above state allocations, depending upon which district the student goes to. If 33% of MMK students go to one district, MMK would also be required to pay that student’s portion of the receiving district’s high school bond.
    Option 1 was rejected due to the unknowns involved in remodeling. This includes plumbing, asbestos removal, electrical upgrades and American Disabilities Act.
    Recommendation:
    The committee’s recommendation to the Mary M. Knight Board is to front fund replacement of existing K-6 Building and to prioritize improvements to the Jr/Sr High Building. The figures developed are based on current estimates and a bond election November of 2017.
    The Committee recommends that MMK:
    Build a new 16,000 square foot facility to replace the existing K-6 school.
    Front fund this building, contingent on the passing of a $7.5 million Bond.
    Set aside $500,000 of the bond along with projected state match of $1,770,000 for Jr/Sr High Building improvements

    Total Project Cost (Elementary Building)
    New Building/Wing 16,000 Square Feet
    $7,047,040

    Construction Cost:
    Building: 16,000 SF x $260/SF $4,160,000
    Site Costs: 10% $416,000
    Inflation: 10% of Building and Site combined $457,600
    Total Construction Costs: $5,033,600


    Non-Construction Costs

    40% of construction costs
    (sales tax, design fees, contingency,
    bid costs, permits, and administrative costs) $2,013,440


    Projected State Match $1,770,644
    $213.23 X 16,000SF X .4513 $1,539,691
    Soft Costs: 15% $230,953


    Total Bond $7,500,000
    Total New Construction $7,047,000
    Remaining for Secondary $452,960
    State Match $1,770,664
    Projected Total for Secondary
    Building Improvements $2,223,609

    Prioritized List for Secondary Improvements:
    Safety and Security:
    Fire Suppression/Sprinkler System
    Camera Security System
    Card Locks for doors
    HVAC Replacement
    Technology (WIFI/Wiring)
    Window replacement and Lighting
    Parking pavement
    The Committee also recommends that the District develop a long-term plan for facilities that will leverage state funding. The recommendation above protects modernization state match for the Jr/Sr High School Building. This means that the District remains eligible for state matching funds.

    Total Bond: $7,398,000

    New Elementary Building
    16,000 Square Feet: $7,047,040
    Remaining for Jr/Sr High
    Improvements: $350,960
    Projected State Match—
    for additional Jr/Sr High
    Improvements: $1,770,644
    Total Project: $9,168,644

Building Plan
  • Why?

    Mary M. Knight School Board asked administration to form a Community Facilities Committee to review the current state of district facilities and to recommend a course of action. Over 20 community members were invited to join the process. A group of 10 met consistently every other week from mid-February through May.

    The Facilities Committee became familiar with the current state of district buildings through review of the District’s Study and Survey in conjunction with a tour of the buildings.

    They considered the option of reducing MMK to a K-8 facility and rejected this Idea due to higher tax rates the community would pay to send our high school students to other districts. The committee also considered remodeling the current elementary building and rejected this option due to building code requirements and costs of remodeling estimated to be about five million dollars.

    The committee recommended that the MMK Board seek a bond election to provide a new elementary building and improve the current Jr/Sr High School. The Board took action at their July meeting to put a 7.398 million dollar bond on the November 2017 election ballot using 20-year bond term.

    Tax Impact
    Bond Authorization Amount: $7,398,000.00
    Estimated 2018 Bond Tax
    Rate Increase
    (per $1,000 assessed value): $3.07

    Click on the link to figure what the impact will be on your tax bill:
    Tax Table

    State square footage required per student:

    K-6 = 90 square feet per student

    7-8=117 square feet per student

    9-12= 130 square feet per student

    Students with disabilities = 141 square feet per student