Funding, enrollment and more on Farmington Schools agenda

Farmington Public Schools trustees will on October 16 talk about options for putting a millage question in front of voters next year.

A memo from Paul Wills, partner with consulting firm Plante Moran CRESA, notes that the district’s Capital Planning Advisory Committee in 2014 recommended looking at a sinking fund or bond proposal to meet long-term capital needs.

In June, trustees reviewed a “high level” assessment of facility needs that included more than $31 million in critical projects and more than $75 million in “deferred maintenance” projects throughout the district. In his memo, Wills outlined two options developed with the district’s financial advisors, administration, and bond attorney:

  • A $21.8 million, 5-year sinking fund proposal on the March or May 2020 ballot, with an $88 million bond proposal in 2025. The millage rate would hold at its current level of 3.3 mills; without the sinking fund, millage devoted to debt repayment could drop over the five years.
  • A $75 million to $110 million bond proposal on the March or May 2020 ballot. Funding would also keep the millage at the existing 3.3 mills.

Also on the Wednesday, 6 p.m. meeting agenda:

  • Recognition of Farmington STEAM Academy Parent Teacher Student Association’s National PTA School of Excellence Award
  • Updates on enrollment and strategic planning
  • Plante Moran’s annual audit review
  • A name change for Alameda Early Childhood Center to FPS Early Childhood, recognizing the unification of Alameda and Farmington Community School early education programs
  • Purchase of a $94,653 repeater system for emergency communication frequencies at North Farmington High School

The agenda and supporting materials are posted at Board meetings are typically broadcast live on the district’s cable channel 10 and live-streamed and archived at



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