Referendum 2022

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The Braham Area School Board calls for a special election on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022, to authorize general obligation bonds not to exceed $2,435,000 for facility improvements.


QUESTION 1: Approval of School District Bond Issue

Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 314 (Braham Area Schools) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,435,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the replacement of the boiler plants at the high school and elementary school facilities; electrical upgrades and the installation of new windows, exterior and interior doors at the high school and elementary school; the completion of HVAC upgrades at the high school; and the completion of site water retention and grading improvements at the high school and elementary school facilities?


QUESTION #1 Scope Items (The bond project is primarily focused on replacement and upgrading of the building systems and takes fiscal advantage of being completed with other already scheduled infrastructure projects.)

  • Digital Control Upgrades in the elementary and high school
    • This project will provide control system updates and includes upgrading the building pneumatics to digital controls for temperature control and efficiency
  • Installation of new LED fixtures in the elementary and high school
    • LED fixtures are optimized to provide the best lighting for the learning environment as well as reduced operating and maintenance costs
  • Upgrade Electrical System in the elementary and high school
    • The electrical systems in both buildings are original and past life expectancy. This measure consists of upgrading the electrical distribution system to meet NEC (National Electrical Standards), present loads, and anticipated future classroom technology electrical needs.
  • Window replacement at the elementary school
    • The window systems in several areas of the elementary are original to the buildings and inefficient single-pane windows that have exceeded their useful life.
  • Exterior Door Replacement at the elementary school
    • Replacing the older, original, inefficient door systems with new energy-efficient door systems.
  • Tuck Pointing and Control Joint Repairs in the elementary and high school
    • There are areas around the building in need of tuckpointing and control joint replacement. This is important to keep water, air, and insects from entering the building.
  • Resurface and Repave Existing Parking Lot at the high school and elementary school
    • The main parking lot is deteriorating, cracking, and crumbling. Resurfacing and repaving existing parking lots reduces long-term costs and improves safety.
  • Reconfiguring Student Drop-off Area at the elementary school
    • This opportunity includes improving the flow for parent and bus pick-up/drop-off to bring coordination and safety during these timeframes.
  • Rainwater Management at the elementary and high school
    • There is concern with water drainage around the building perimeters. This opportunity includes installing a concrete maintenance strip around each building, sloped to promote water runoff away from foundations.
  • Asbestos Abatement in the elementary and high school
    • There is asbestos in the joints and pipe wrap located in both schools. This includes abating the joints and pipe wrap as needed for the ventilation upgrades. This also includes abatement of asbestos contained in elementary school ceiling tiles.
  • Boiler Plant Replacement - Convert to Hot Water in the elementary and high school
    • The original steam boilers are well past life expectancy in both buildings. Steam is difficult to maintain and control which leads to additional maintenance and utility costs. Replacing existing steam boilers with new hot water boilers greatly increases reliability and energy efficiency, as a modern control strategy for greater temperature control throughout the buildings.
  • Ventilation Improvements in the elementary and high school
    • Air handling units were designed prior to current ventilation standards and are nearing the end of their useful life leading to indoor air quality and reliability concerns. Unit replacement locations include classrooms, media centers, performing arts areas, gyms, and locker rooms.
  • East Gym AHU Replacement with Dehumidification in the high school
    • The east gym air handling unit was installed as a heating-only unit in 2009. This opportunity includes replacing it with a new air handling unit with dehumidification.
  • Interior Door Replacement in the elementary school
    • Replace all deteriorated interior doors with new doors and ADA compliant hardware


  • The average age of our two primary buildings is 41 years. The buildings were constructed in 1966 and 1973 with a major addition to each in 1994. Similar to your own home, certain items are simply wearing out or are beyond their useful life. The district’s goal is to invest in our structures so they may be viable for the next 30-40 years.


Fiscal Responsibility
  • Like our homes, routine upgrading of building systems and infrastructure helps protect our investment. Our buildings are aging and still have original systems that need replacement or improvements. Waiting for these systems to fail would result in significant cost increases. Many of the proposed upgrades provide energy efficiency, which reduces building operating costs.
  • Because existing debt will be paid off in 2022, the impact of a passing referendum will be tax neutral, meaning your tax rate will NOT increase due to these projects.  In fact, the tax rate for agricultural landowners will actually drop due to the recently passed School Building Bond Ag2School Credit legislation.

Safe and Healthy Environments

  • Replacing original HVAC equipment in our school buildings will provide the fresh air circulation, filtering, and temperature control the current equipment is not able to do.  And we know a healthier environment will help minimize absenteeism due to illness and add to student engagement.



Open House #1 Friday, January 7, 2022 5:00PM @ High School - Community Room (B100)


Open House #2 Friday, January 21, 2022 5:00PM @ High School - Community Room (B100)


Open House #3 Monday, January 24, 2022 5:00PM @ High School - Community Room (B100)



Kenneth G. Gagner Superintendent of Schools [email protected]

Office: (320) 396-5199
Cell: (320) 288-6634

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