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.
Leading up to the 2014 Capital Project Levy, Columbia Heights Public Schools provided factual information to the community as to how the District would 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 Planned/Completed Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Technology Planned/Completed Projects
Parking/Drive improvements - Highland Elementary School, District Center, Columbia Heights High School Completed Purchased, inventoried and initial levy funded distribution of student devices and tools - 5th and 8th grades Completed Brick tuck-pointing study - Columbia Academy Completed Network infrastructure upgrading - CA & NPES Completed Replacing main entry windows - Columbia Heights High School Completed Staff Development - Districtwide Completed Replacing and/or repairing roofs, windows, doors, plumbing and casework Deferred Increasing Internet bandwith Completed Replacing or repairing furnances and boilers - Columbia Heights High School Deferred Improving parent and student portal technology systems Completed Resurfacing athletic track - Columbia Heights High School Deferred Increasing technology systems for safety and security Completed Improving signage - Columbia Heights High School, Highland Elementary School Completed Installing, replacing, supporting and maintaining software Completed
Fiscal Year* 2017 Facilities Planned/Completed Projects
Fiscal Year* 2017 Technology Planned/Completed Projects
Parking/Drive/entrance and exit improvements - Valley View Elementary School Completed Personalized Learning Initiative expansion
(4th through 9th grades)
Completed Brick tuck-pointing, Columbia Academy Completed Purchasing additional student devices Completed Cold Water Repiping - Columbia Heights High School Completed Network infrastructure upgrades - Columbia Heights High School and Highland Elementary School Completed Improving signage - Valley View Elementary School Completed Classroom technology upgrades - Districtwide Completed Staff Development - Districtwide Completed
Fiscal Year* 2018
Fiscal Year* 2018
Replacing windows at Columbia Academy In Progress Expanding networks and infrastructure capacity
for wireless access - Valley View
Completed New Heating, Ventalation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) - Columbia Heights High School Completed Classroom technology upgrades - Districtwide Ongoing Personalized Learning Initiative expansion
(4th through 11th grades)
Completed Professional Development Staffing Support Ongoing
* 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 2016 Projects
Secure front entry (Audio visual remote system) North Park Elementary School Completed Broken steam pipe repair Highland Elementary School Completed New windows Columbia Heights High School Completed Remodel old kindergarten rooms Valley View Elementary School Completed Update signage District Center, Highland Elementary School,
Columbia Heights High School
Fiscal Year 2017 Projects
Performance studio build-out Columbia Heights High School Completed Update signage Valley View Elementary School Completed Repair Parking District Center, Columbia Heights High School Completed Replace upper windows and doors Highland Elementary School Completed Carpet classroom Columbia Heights High School Defer Kitchen flooring Columbia Heights High School Defer
Fiscal Year 2018 Projects
Purchase two vans Districtwide In Progress District Center maintenance and replacement District Center Completed Playground Valley View Elementary School Completed Band Instruments Districtwide In Progress Miscelleanous Districtwide In Progress
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 January 10, 2017 PowerPoint presentation.
View the April 25, 2017 School Board PowerPoint presentation.
News Media coverage
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.
Read the 2014 World's Best Workforce Annual Report
Read the 2016 World's Best Workforce Annual Report
Read the Winter 2017 Hylander Pulse community newsletter
Read the Spring 2017 Hylander Pulse community newsletter
For questions about capital facilities projects, call Director of Finance and Operations Kristine Carr at 763-528-4411. For questions about capital technology projects, call Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens at 763-528-4479.