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Bond Promise

Beginning in 2017, Ashland School District, with the assistance of school facility experts, analyzed the immediate and long term facility needs and created a Long Range Facility Plan.

  • District-wide Security
  • District-wide HVAC and Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Upgrades (includes focus on green technology and renewable energy)                            
  • District-wide Bathrooms                                                                               
  • Technology Infrastructure                                                                 
  • Replace/rebuild AMS South at size appropriate to number of students served
  • Accessibility and flexibility upgrades for AHS Humanities and Science Buildings
  • Seismic Upgrades for AHS Humanities and Science Buildings       
  • Comprehensive renovation at Walker (and reconfigured point of entry)
  • Seismic Upgrades for Walker                                                                        
  • Redesigned Helman classroom wing, entry, and secure circulation 
  • Renovate Helman Quad C     
  • Seismic Upgrades for Helman           

Program Update

The Bond Committee,  made up of a wide cross-section of the Ashland community, worked to review the needs of the school  district, related to the following goals:

  • Increase or improve health and safety
  • Prioritize flexibility and adaptability
  • Be sustainable and energy efficient
  • Promote inclusiveness
  • Promote financial stewardship
  • Standardize facility systems
  • Plan for the future

Cost Information: As with prior District bonds, the projected levy rate resulting from the District bonds is estimated to be at or below $2.00 per $1,000 of taxable assessed value. After thirteen years, the projected levy rate is estimated to reduce to $1.00 per $1,000 for the following twelve years.

Actual levy rates may differ due to actual interest rates and changes in taxable assessed values over the life of the bond.


Info and updates

  • Renovate Helman quad C
  • Seismic upgrades for Helman
  • New secure classroom wing to replace 2 class room pods, approx. 23,000 sq. ft.
  • Campus security
  • Climate resilience for all buildings, rather than just new construction
  • Required tech infrastructure

Current Activities
CM|GC proposals were received on 7/9/19. Three firms proposed, Adroit Construction Co., Outlier Construction, and S+B James Construction. The scoring committee reviewed proposals and extended interviews to Adroit and S+B James. Interviews have been scheduled for on 8/8/19. Additionally, G2 Consultants began hazardous material testing and GRI conducted onsite borings to take soil samples.

Activities Scheduled for Next Period
The district will interview and select a CM|GC partner and begin the pre-design phase.

Receiving and scoring proposals for CM|GC services.

  • Replace/rebuild Ashland Middle School to promote modern learning and operational efficiency
  • Design of new classroom space to replace 3 wings, approx. 65,000 sq. ft.
  • Campus security
  • Air Quality improvements and Climate resilience for existing buildings, including new construction
  • Required tech infrastructure

Current Activities

Construction Manager | General Contractor (CM|GC) proposals were received on 7/9/19. Two firms proposed, Adroit Construction Co. and S+B James Construction. The scoring committee reviewed proposals until 7/26/19, with both firms extended an interview. Both firms will be interviewed on 8/14/19. Additionally, G2 Consultants began hazardous material testing and GRI conducted onsite borings to take soil samples.

Activities Scheduled for Next Period
The district will interview and select a CM|GC partner and begin the pre-design phase.

Receiving and scoring proposals for CM|GC services.

  • Comprehensive renovation at Walker 
  • Seismic upgrades for Walker


Walker Elementary School was awarded a Seismic Rehabilitation Grant. This is great news for the District and fits well with the current design and construction plan. ZCS has been assisting the District with this effort and recently provided the team the following:

• Seismic Program, general overview
• Applications submitted in behalf of the District
• Suggested course of action for buildings not awarded a grant
• Overview of Walker Elementary School and plan on incorporating into the larger project at the school

  • Accessibility and flexibility upgrades for Ashland HS Humanities and Science
  • Seismic upgrade for Ashland HS Humanities and Science


  • Security enhancements
  • HVAC and mechanical/electrical/plumbing upgrades (focus on green technology and renewable energy) 
  • Bathrooms renovation
  • Tech infrastructure with enhanced internet connectivity
  • Accessibility


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This message went out this afternoon from Ashland High's Interim Principal Samuel Bogdanove.

Dear parents and guardians,
Earlier today, we had an alert from Ashland Police that an anonymous caller had seen an individual wearing a bullet proof vest on Iowa. Police responded quickly and blanketed the AHS campus. The school immediately went into our lock out procedure where all students were brought indoors and accounted for, and doors were locked. Students and teachers remained in class while APD officers conducted two searches of the AHS campus and surrounding areas. Police were able to determine who the individual was and that there was no threat to safety. Students were released at approximately 3:50. Bussing was notified not to arrive until students were released.

We are deeply grateful for the prompt police response and collaboration in ensuring student safety. Fortunately, the concern in this instance was not over an actual threat.
Even a false alarm can cause emotional stress. We will be talking with students tomorrow about the lock out and school safety, as well as the availability of our counseling staff for any students that need help coping with an event of this nature. I encourage you to check in with your student(s) and let us know if you or they have specific needs or concerns.

With any event of this nature, we want to consider our practices. While our response to this event went well, there is always more to learn. Superintendent Raymond and Ashland High administrators will be meeting tomorrow with Ashland Police to continue to refine our practices and collaborative efforts. Campus safety is a primary concern and is the basis for everything else we work to accomplish with students. We will be following up with staff and students on all emergency procedures.
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Thank you for sharing this info in a clear and straightforward way, and for seeing this as an opportunity to learn from. Best practices can only get better if there is dialogue and openness.

Thank you Ashland for looking out for our kids!

Please address the situation that NO. school alerts were sent out until after 5pm. Nixle system alerted immediately through APD dispatch.

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DESIGN U P D A T E | Ashland Bond PromiseAshland Middle School and John Muir Outdoor School | Today, HMK and Soderstrom Architects Ltd. | Arkitek: Design & Architecture met with teachers, administrators, parents and community to update on the current design update. The architect reported on current progress, showed concepts as well as received input from the group.

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Community Involvement

We encourage community input throughout the process of these projects, as your voice makes a difference!
Below are a couple of ways to get involved, with forms available to download.
Please bring completed forms to the Ashland School District office, or email to


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