New Schools and Facilities Improvements



Bamford Elementary School is open!

Bamford Elementary School celebrated its grand opening for the 2021-22 school year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in August. Two fifth-grade student ambassadors give you a tour of their new school in this PSD TV video:


Voter-approved 2016 bond and mill levy override

The $375 million bond pays for building three new schools, an athletics complex, transportation maintenance facility, and an addition to Zach Elementary School. The bond also funds $40 million of improvements to existing schools. The $8 million mill levy override pays for operating costs of the new buildings, as well as technology refresh and other materials and operating costs associated with growth.

The new schools and facilities improvements are part of the district's long-range plan to accommodate anticipated student growth over the next few years.  Court cases delayed the work, but PSD ultimately prevailed in litigation in fall 2018. PSD's Board of Education approved the issuance of bonds in September 2018, clearing the way for construction.

2016 Bond

$375 million bond financing (no increase to current tax rate) pays for:

  • New Schools/Addition: $295.6 million   
  • New Athletic Complex: $6.225 million
  • Transportation Maintenance Facility- North Terminal: $11.3 million
  • Ongoing Facilities Improvements: $40 million
  • Bond Issue Expenses: $2 million
  • Bond Project Coordination: $7.875 million
  • Bond Project Reserve: $12 million


New schools and construction


Facilities improvements

See the "Ongoing Facilities Improvements" list and schedule here.

$40 million:

  • School-based requests: $12 million
  • Facilities deferred maintenance: $28 million

2016 Mill levy override

$2 million - $8 million (phased in over two years) pays for:

  • Start-up costs for new buildings
  • School-based staff salaries (principals, assistant principals, Integrated Services coordinators, English Language Learners staff, mental health staff, school resource officers, Child Nutrition staff, etc.)
  • Facilities staff salaries 
  • Materials and equipment for operations tied to growth (buses, custodial, staff, etc.)
  • Technology refresh costs associated with growth 


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