Fillmore Central Schools is proposing $4,581,000 in capital improvements at the Preston and Harmony attendance centers. Projects would be scheduled for completion in the 2014 and 2015 calendar years. Cost estimates by project type/location are as follows:

Preston Site

Parking Lot Replacement $800,000

Restroom Upgrades I Title 1 Classrooms 100,000

HVAC Upgrades 2,050,000


Harmony Site

Asbestos Removal $605,000

Sprinkler / Door Upgrades 631,000

Restroom Upgrades 80,000

Window Upgrades 70,000

Parking Lot Improvement 55,000


Fees / Bond Issuance Costs $190,000

The district proposes to finance the non-HVAC projects at Preston and the restroom, window and parking lot improvements at Harmony with the issuance of capital facilities bonds as authorized under Minn. Stat. § 123B.62. The HVAC upgrades at Preston and the asbestos, sprinkler and door upgrades at Harmony will be financed with the issuance of non-voter approved, alternative facilities bonds as authorized under Minn. Stat.§ 1238.59, Subd.1(b). The district will certify debt service fund levies to make the annual bond payments beginning with the Payable 2015 levy cycle.

School board approval is required to proceed with the proposed projects. The school board believes the proposed projects are in the best interest of the district.

The district shall observe the requirement in Minn. Stat.§ 1238.59 Subd. 8 to establish and maintain a separate account for this program in accordance with UFARS for this program; the district must meet requirement in Minn. Stat. §123B.59 Subd. 3 to publish notice of intended projects.


Based upon the department's analysis of the school district's required documentation and other pertinent information from sources of the Minnesota Department of Education, the Commissioner of Education provides a positive review and comment.


Persons desiring additional information regarding this proposal should contact the school district superintendent's office.

/s/ Dr. Brenda Cassellius


May 28, 2014

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