Capital Project Vote for Garrison Schools

Voters will consider projects on Sept. 24

Garrison school district voters will be asked on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to approve a “preservation, innovation, security and accessibility project,” or PISA, that could cost up to $9.9 million. Polls will be open at the school from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About $900,000 for the upgrades would come from district savings, another $1 million from state aid and the remainder from a tax levy. The district said the average increase for a taxpayer in a home assessed at $500,000 would be $110 to $140 annually, depending on the project’s cost.

The capital project is the first to be presented to voters in 20 years, according to the district. “The time has come to address some important issues in both the elementary and middle school, to protect the investment the community has made,” said board President James Hoch in July.

The district said the bonding of the project, which was first proposed in September 2017, will coincide with the retirement of other debt. If approved, construction would begin following the 2020-21 school year.

PISA Punch List

This list was presented to the school board by an engineering firm that estimated the cost of the PISA project at $9.3 million to $9.9 million. An overview of the proposal is available at

Partial roof replacement ($140K)
Upgrade finishes on ceilings, floors, doors, cabinets ($1.3M)
Bathroom renovations ($350K)
Upgrade fire-detection system ($46K)
Heating system replacement ($2.7M)
Plumbing upgrades ($55K)
Lighting replacement in elementary school ($250K)
Playground enhancements ($150K)
Library/art room improvements ($387K)
Gym sound and lighting system ($85K)
Secure main entry ($113K)
Access control and video surveillance ($250K)
New phone system ($100K)
ADA accessible route improvements ($280K)
Accessible bathroom and fixture improvements ($170K)
Assistive listening system in gym ($3K)

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