Scoring Our Schools: Dublin City Schools grouping levy and bond issue into one

Dublin City Schools is putting the future of three new schools on the ballot for its voters next Tuesday. District leaders say they're overcrowded and the state is providing no relief. (WSYX/WTTE)

Dublin City Schools is putting the future of three new schools on the ballot for its voters next Tuesday. District leaders say they're overcrowded and the state is providing no relief.

"We're really struggling. We've had to bring in trailers in several of our situations," said superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley.

Dr. Hoadley said the temporary solutions cannot turn into permanent solutions. "We have a locked door. We have a camera system. You are quizzed why you need to come into our schools. Unless you are in a modular and you can walk to the back of our building and walk right up and knock on the door of our classrooms."

Enrollment has grown in the district by 2,700 students within the last ten years. An additional 3,000 more are expected in the next decade.

"If we were fully funded, we would receive $18 million more per year from the state funding formula," said Dr. Hoadley.

In response, the school system created Issue 5 that's made up of three different components:

  • A bond issue would fund the construction of two new elementary schools and one new middle school.
  • A permanent improvements fund would dedicate $6,000,000 a year to building expansions.
  • An operating levy would fund 130 new positions for the new schools along with spots for social workers and drug counselors.

All three parts will be accepted or rejected with just one vote. District leaders say the operation levy would cost taxpayers around $200 for every $100,000 of property owned. The bond issue and permanent improvements fund would come at no extra cost and replace other bond issues that have come to a completion.

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