MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT, MR. BILL CLARK

Viking Family—WOW, Here we are rolling into the end of the 1st semester and the Holidays Seasons.   To begin with, I want to personally wish all Viking Families a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.   Words can not express the graƟtude and appreciation that all of you deserve to receive for your continued support of Mission Valley Schools.  THANK YOU!

At the November Board of Education meeting the decision was made to move forward exploring facility upgrades and  HTK Architects were hired to lead this process.  This decision was made with previous financial information provided by Piper‐Sandler Financial Services.  This financial information included reporting that the final bond payment for our current bond is set to be made in September 2023 and that at current rates a $10 million facility project could be done without impacting the current bond & interest mill levy which is set at 11.169 mills.  Over the last 7 years the total mill levy for the district has decreased every year to its current amount of 58.475.  According to Piper‐Sandler, one of the main reasons that this opportunity exists is because of the excellent state that the district budget is in and the fact that interest rates continue to remain low.

Over the past month, approximately 100 people have completed a brief facility survey providing their current view of, and their vision for, the facilities at Mission Valley.  Here are some results from the survey:

FACILITY RATINGS

72% rate MV facilities above average to excellent in providing a quality education.

54% rate the 7‐12 facilities above average to excellent in providing a quality education.

90% rate the K‐6 facilities above average to excellent in providing a quality education

48% rate the school grounds facilities above average to excellent in providing a quality education.

63% rate the effectiveness of the facilities as it relates to security and safety as above average to excellent.

54% rate the effectiveness of the 7‐12 Career Technical Education facilities average to below average.

67% rate the outside athletic facilities as below average to poor while

61% rate the indoor athletic facilities as above average to excellent.

LEVELS OF IMPORTANCE

75% idenƟfied athletic upgrades as very to most important

68% identified Career & Technical Education facilities as very important to most important.

56% identified 7‐12 classroom upgrades as very important to most important.

54% identified upgrades to infrastructure as very important to most important.

42% identified upgrades to security and safety as very important to most important.

77% identified moving the district office and bus barn to Mission Valley as little to least important.

85% identified classroom upgrades at the K‐6 as little to least important. As we look down the road, HTK and the stakeholders will move through the process using a plan which has 5 main steps in the process.  

Step 1 (Planning Principles) will include identifying stakeholders, goal setting, programming and defining the scope of the project.   

Step 2 (Facility Assessment) will include reviewing existing facility systems, examining both qualitative and quantitative information, and looking at current educational conditions.  

Step 3 (Vision) will include further stakeholder engagements, tours, concept development and defining the needs.  

Step 4 (Test & Refine) will include prioritizing projects, reconfirming costs, and identifying milestones that will indicate future actions.  

Step 5 (Master Plan)  This takes the information from Step 1‐4 and brings everything together into the final Master Plan that confirms costs and lays out the possible project phases.

Throughout this process It is my goal and the USD 330 Board of Education’s goal to make sure that each patron of the district remains fully informed about this project.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great December, a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season and thank you for your continued support of USD 330 Mission Valley Schools.

Bill Clark, Superintendent, Director of Special Services