Cedar Falls School Board Completes $70 Million Bond Issuance | Education News

CEDAR FALLS — The final steps formalizing a $69.9 million bond issue were taken Monday by the Board of Education.

The general bond bonds, which will be purchased by Citigroup Global Markets of Los Angeles, will help pay for construction of a new Cedar Falls High School underway.

“This is our final step and this is final approval,” Denelle Gonnerman, financial director of Cedar Falls Community Schools, told board members.

The bond sale was approved at a special meeting on May 11. The funds will be repaid from the property tax fund over 20 years at an interest rate of approximately 3.98%.

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Citigroup’s total purchase price was $70.04 million, including a bonus payment to the district of $136,000. The district’s interest payments will total $32.79 million over the life of the bonds.

On Monday, the board appointed UMB Bank of West Des Moines as paying and transfer agent and bond registrar, approved tax exemption and continuous disclosure certificates, and amended the resolution to authorize the issuing bonds and collecting taxes.

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“It doesn’t change any details,” Gonnerman said of the amendment. Instead, the action added the interest rate the district will pay and the dollar amount of taxes to be collected each year. According to the resolution, this amount will total $5.09 million for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and will increase by approximately $50,000 to $5.14 million in each of the following years.

Gonnerman noted that Cedar Falls Schools had already received a “good faith deposit” of $1.3 million from the company into its bank accounts. The rest will be transferred when the process is completed early next month.

Voters in the district approved the bond issue in a referendum in June 2019. It is one of the sources of revenue for the $112.71 million construction project, along with tax proceeds 1% sale. The school site is located on 69.6 acres north of West 27th Street and west of PE Center Drive.

The board also approved a one-year contract with the Cedar Falls Education Association that includes a 3.43% salary increase and non-insurance benefits for its 467 full-time equivalent teachers, guidance counselors , librarians and educational coaches. Base salaries will be increased by $750 when the contract takes effect on July 1 and salaries will increase for current employees due to factors such as another year of experience and academic advancement.

The current actual starting salary for teachers new to Cedar Falls schools with a bachelor’s degree and zero to three years of work experience is $42,578. The salary at the top of the pay scale for those with a master’s degree plus 45 credits is $86,896.

The contract increases are expected to cost the district $1.28 million.

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