2014 Capital Projects Levy
The Columbia Heights Public Schools community passed a new 10-year Capital Projects Levy Nov. 4, 2014 allowing this District to work on much-needed capital projects. The voter-approved Capital Project Levy provides $10 million over a decade, starting with Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016). During this timeframe, this District will invest approximately $1 million annually into facilities (60 percent) and technology (40 percent).
Each year District administrators will report out to the School Board and community the status of the facilities and technology projects funded by the 2014 Capital Projects Levy. In addition to reporting out to the School Board, the District will include 2014 Capital Project Levy information in applicable district publications and provide updates with the support of the news media. Please use this page and links to learn more about how Columbia Heights Public Schools is investing in facilities and technology, all of which will help create worlds of opportunity for every learner.
View the September 29, 2014 PowerPoint presentation.
View the February 10, 2015 PowerPoint presentation.
View the April 26, 2016 School Board PowerPoint presentation.
View the April 25, 2017 School Board PowerPoint presentation.
Read the July 3, 2014 Sun Focus "Columbia Heights School Board approves two levy ballot questions" article.
Read the Nov. 26, 2014 Sun Focus Letter to the Editor "Thank you to residents who voted for the District 13 levy questions."
Read the March 24, 2017 "2014 Advances Facilities for CHPS" Press Release
Read the Feb. 15, 2017 "2014 Levy Advances Technology for CHPS" Press Release
Read the March 1, 2017 Sun Focus "Levy Advances Technology for CHPS" article
Read the April 17, 2017 Sun Focus facilities article.
Leading up to the 2014 Capital Project Levy, Columbia Heights Public Schools provided factual information to the community as to how the District would wisely invest taxpayer's monies each fiscal year. The following charts, updated annually, reflect what the District reported it would do in terms of facilities (60%) and technology (40%). The charts below show the projects, by fiscal year, and their status.
Fiscal Year* 2016 facilities
Fiscal Year 2016
Parking/Drive improvements - Highland Elementary School, District Center, High School Purchased, inventoried and initial levy funded distribution of student devices and tools - 5th and 8th grades Brick tuck-pointing study - Columbia Academy Network infrastructure upgrading - Columbia Academy and North Park Elementary School Replacement of main entry windows - Columbia Heights High School Classroom audio/video technology improvements and Staff Development - Districtwide Fiscal Year* 2017 planned
Fiscal Year* 2017 planned
Parking/Drive improvements -
Valley View Elementary School
Personalized Learning Initiative expansion (4th through 9th grades) Brick tuck-pointing,
Purchasing additional student devices Network Infrastructure upgrades - Columbia Heights High School and Highland Elementary School Classroom technology upgrades - Districtwide Staff Development - Districtwide
* Fiscal Year: July 1 through June 30.
This District also contributed existing funds toward capital facility projects. The following charts shows capital projects, by Fiscal Year, not funded by the 2014 Capital Projects Levy.
Fiscal Year 2017 Projects Facility Secure front entry North Park Elementary Broken steam pipe repair Highland Elementary New windows Columbia Heights High School Remodel old kindergarten rooms Valley View Elementary Update signage District Center, Highland Elementary, Columbia Heights High School Update audio visual system Columbia Heights High School Performing Arts Center Fiscal Year 2017 Projects Facility Performance studio build-out Columbia Heights High School Update signage Valley View Elementary Parking lot seal District Center, Columbia Heights High School Replace upper windows and doors Highland Elemetnary Carpet classroom Columbia Heights High School Kitchen flooring Columbia Heights High School
For questions about capital facilities projects, call Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren at 763-528-4411. For questions about capital technology projects, call Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens at 763-528-4479.