Workshop five presented some changes...The DLR Group built on the suggestions of Focus Groups and presented three updated design renderings for the pre-design phase of planning. Focus Groups discussed classrooms, labs (science, business, digital, media), offices, collaboration zones (student, staff and community) maintenance, safety and electrical needs while carefully considering students' educational needs. See Workshop 5 Designs HERE!
Territorial Elementary School - Covered Play Structure Delivered!
Students watch with excitement as their outdoor covered play shelter is delivered.
The District will soon award a contract for installation of the shelter and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place once the shelter installation is complete.
Again, Thanks to Junction City Voters for making this dream come true for Territorial kids!
Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative
Youth Tour 2016 Representative
JCHS student Audrey Sherman represented Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative as their Youth Tour 2016 representative in June. Audrey was featured in the recent addition of the Ruralite, an electronic magazine, that the co-op sends its customers.
Blachly Lane Electric
stated, "We acknowledge the contributions of family, school and community that have helped shape Audrey into quite an extraordinary young woman."
Congratulations Audrey! Thank you for being such a good ambassador for Junction City High School!
School Bond Market Favors
In a fluctuating market, Junction City School District was able to leverage buyers for a successful return on bond sales this week. The District hired Piper Jaffray to facilitate $14.635 million in bond sales as generously authorized by our voters this last May. All bonds were purchased during the sale window coordinated between the District and Piper Jaffray. The calculated yield rates made them very palatable to a number of financial management companies, private investors, and industry professionals.
The estimated tax rate impact to our community was originally stated in our informational bond campaign as $1.62 per thousand dollars of assessed home value. The final rate has come in just under that amount and is estimated to remain at that amount throughout the ten year term, thus meeting our commitment to our taxpayers.
Additionally, the structure of the sale enabled the District to also realize premiums paid by the investors. These premiums have resulted in more than $2.8 million in additional capital construction revenue beyond the $14.635 million in bonds. Combined with the $4 million in matching funds from the State, the District will have a total of just over $21.5 million in capital funds to invest in the projects identified under the initial bond title. This means the District will be able to invest in more of the critical infrastructure needs at each of our buildings as well as achieve greater progress toward our high school investment master plan.
As outlined in our earlier bond information, the District will adopt an evaluation and decision –making process for distributing these funds to projects as identified in both our original bond title and master plan and will share the results with our community as that evolves.
Junction City students, staff, and community will be updated throughout this process, and our staff will be available to answer any questions. This week’s bond sale success will allow us to further our goal of maintaining and advancing district facilities to support district educational goals, enhance safety, and promote community involvement.
Thank you again to all of our community for your support.
Junction City School District is committed to Engage, Inspire and Educate all our students by offering physical education, music, comprehensive art, computer technology, as well as enrichment
and academic support in before
and after school programs.
Our Back-to-School Night turned out to be an amazing event! Thanks to all of you who came to support your children, celebrate International Dot Day, learn about our program, view you children’s art gallery and visit with us. It was so wonderful to see all of you. I am sure that as you visited your classrooms you were able to learn all about the Growth Mindset and our Laurel vision. In the coming few months, we are going to dedicate each month to focus on one component of our vision. The month of October is going to be focused around what it means to create a safe learning environment. We would like to teach our students that physical safety is not the only aspect that we look for when thinking about this concept. Social-emotional, mental, communal and academic safety are also aspects that we commit to teaching our kids at Laurel. Please take some time to discuss with your children topics of safety in all of these areas and ask about what they have been learning at school in this regard.
Laurel Picture day is coming up October 6th! Please help your children wear their best smile to school that morning. It is always a pleasure to look through all the cuteness that comes with these picture days!
Please note that October 14th is a no school day and October 26 is our Early Release day at 1:00.
We cannot wait to see all of you at our upcoming October conferences. These conferences are your opportunity to meet with your teacher and ask all the questions you have about your child’s education, progress, and well-being at school. We hope for 100% participation from our families as we believe building a relationship with you is one of the most important aspects of our children’s success at school. In the coming days, your teacher will send communication home for you to sign up for a conference time slot. If you have siblings attending Laurel, our teachers make their best effort to put your conferences close to each other. For your convenience, we will be offering evening conferences on the night of October 26th from 4:00-8:00pm. October 27th will be an all day, 8:00-4:00, conferences and October 28th will be a half day, 8:00-12:00pm. We look forward to seeing you!