Facility Planning


Staples-Motley Schools are devoted to developing a long range facility plan that will meet the needs of our students and community. 

At the March 12th School Board meeting, the board unanimously approved making budget reductions up to $600,000 for the 2018-19 school year as well as putting an operating levy on the ballot.  The operating levy could be in addition to a building bond referendum, which approved, would help keep the district out of statutory operating debt until a building project is complete.  The building project is expected to reduce expenses and create efficiencies in the operation of the district.

If approved, a $505,000 operating levy would increase taxes on a $100,000 home by $5.58 per month or $67 per year.  The amount of $505,000 was chosen because that it would generate the maximum in state equalization aid.  For every 70 cents levied locally, the state will add 30 cents.

    A long term planning committee has been formed and members are Supt. Ron Bratlie; Building and Grounds, LeRoy Peterson; School Board members, Brad Anderson and Mary Freeman; and community members, Lisa Anderson and Nick Doll.  This committee met for the first time on May 25th.  Discussion at this committee meeting included district revenue and expenses, and looking at where the district is today and where they hope to be in 3 years. The long term planning committee will meet again in late June or early July. 

At the May 14th Board Work Session, Mike Angland of Widseth Smith Nolting, showed the board some preliminary scenarios of remodeling and new construction both at the current High School and Elementary sites.  Both sites have their pros and cons.    All drawings were intended for presentation and discussion purposes only. 
The City of Staples, Lakewood Health System and NJPA  have expressed interest in collaborating with the district  as they look at space available to be used by the community as well as the school district.   A company has been hired to do a feasibility study which should be completed by mid-July. 

** At the June 18th meeting, the Board approved a motion to move ahead with one site, that site being the current elementary site, for a K-12 facility. 

Election Information:  February 2019 would be the soonest possible date a building bond referendum could be scheduled, but that has not yet been determined.

Tax Impact Calculator (coming later)