Northridge Local School District residents likely will see a bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot to construct a prekindergarten-through-sixth-grade school.

Northridge Local School District residents likely will see a bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot to construct a prekindergarten-through-sixth-grade school.

The school board is scheduled to take the second step in finalizing the exact ballot millage when it meets Monday, May 16, with final approval expected June 20.

Superintendent Chris Briggs said the district's Plan for Progress committees -- lean and efficient operations, modern facilities and academic excellence -- all recommended a school for students in prekindergarten through sixth grade.

The proposed ballot millage is 7.9 mills (7.18-mill bond issue and 0.72-mill permanent-improvements levy), for a total of $40 million over 37 years.

If approved, the measure would $276.50 per 100,000 of home value per year.

Market value is derived from a county auditor's real-estate appraisal to determine annual property taxes and estimate a likely sales price on the open market. Property taxes are calculated based on assessed value, which is 35 percent of market value.

Briggs said it's inevitable that the district address closing its primary school in Alexandria and consolidating all school buildings to one district campus.

Northridge Primary School, 124 College St., is almost 100 years old.

During a recent Plan for Progress community forum, Briggs said, an October 2015 survey showed that if the district were to move forward with a new facility plan, residents would prefer a building to house students in prekindergarten through sixth grade.

A majority of the respondents also said they believe it should be a priority to close the primary school, which has become more expensive to repair than to replace and consolidate all school buildings to one district campus location.

Briggs said learning priorities from the Plan for Progress involves the elimination of the intermediate school's trailers so students could attend class in a modern space.

Other priorities include building a modern classroom space, providing the technology needed to prepare students for colleges and the workforce and upgrading security at the high school and middle school.

As a district parent and community member, Sabrina Schwendeman said, she has chosen to lead the effort as levy chairperson because she believes every child deserves a safe and reliable learning environment.

The primary school in Alexandria no longer can provide this, she said.

"Our district has faced many challenges, and I believe our current superintendent, administration and school board have done an impressive job leading our district in the right direction, proving their allegiance to our community and their determination in doing what is best for our district," Schwendeman said.

She said the Northridge community is small, and she has seen so much loyalty, commitment and kindness.

"This is why I feel so much pride in calling the Northridge district home," she said. "Investing in the children of an exceptional community such as ours is an investment I am blessed to be given a chance to be a part of."

Schwendeman referred to a quote by Henry Ford: "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."

"Our community has already overcome obstacles," Schwendeman said. "We have made the choice to grow stronger and stick together. Now it's time to continue to work together, and invest in our children and community.

"Choosing to pass this bond levy is the next step in keeping our Northridge district's future strong," she said. "I can't call that a campaign theme because I feel that's the theme of the Northridge community -- strong and loyal."