During its regular meeting on July 9, the Dublin City Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to place a combined no new millage bond issue, permanent improvement levy and operating levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.
If approved by the community, the issue would fund three new schools, staff for the new schools, upgrades to existing facilities, technology, and equipment. Over the past 10 years, more than 2,400 students have been added and more than 3,000 are expected over the next 10 years. Due to this growth, the District is out of space and in need of additional schools.
Dublin City Schools has not been on the ballot for six years, stretching a three-year levy cycle to six. During those six years, the District has added about 2,000 additional students.
“By continuously seeking cost avoidance measures and greater operational efficiency, we have been able to stretch the levy cycle to six years, during a period of intense enrollment growth,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “We added 22 elementary classrooms two years ago, slightly shifted some attendance boundaries, and added trailers to Dublin Jerome, but we have reached the limit of what can be done to address growth without new schools.”
The proposed issue is a no new millage bond issue and permanent improvement levy, combined with a 5.9-mill operating levy that will cost taxpayers $207 per $100,000 of home value. This amount is the lowest requested since 1986. No new millage means new schools and facility improvements will not cost taxpayers anything additional.
If approved the issue will fund:
• Two new elementary schools that would open in the fall of 2020
• A fifth middle school that would open in the fall of 2021
• The approximately 130 additional staff members for the new schools
• High school additions at two schools (timeline for opening TBD)
• $95-million worth of maintenance and upgrades to existing schools
• Safety and security upgrades will be included in the bond issue
• Conversion of Central Office to a centralized preschool to be opened in fall of 2020
• Safety and security upgrades
• Improvements to existing schools
Frequently asked questions will be posted at www.dublinschools.net/november6.aspx throughout the process.