Issue 5 Operating Levy & Bond Issue

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Issue 5 Operating Levy & Bond Issue


The Need for New Schools

Video Tour #5 Madison Elementary School

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Issue 5 - Background and Explanation

Overcrowded Schools
In January, the Board of Education voted to place a combined operating levy and bond issue on the May 7, 2019 ballot. The operating portion of the levy will replace the 2014, 6.68-mill levy that expires at the end of the calendar year with a 6.1 mill operating levy – that will not increase taxes. Essentially, the operating levy replaces the previous levy, and it will generate the same amount in taxes as collected today. 

In addition, a 37-year, 4.72 mill bond issue will allow our community to take advantage of more than $65 million in state matching funds to replace our deteriorating and overcrowded schools that are serving our youngest learners. It will allow our community to build and equip three, new pre-K through 6th-grade elementary schools and one new middle school for grades seven and eight. We can replace all of our elementary schools and middle schools for slightly less than 50 cents per day (based on a home with a market value of $100,000).
 
As far back as late 1990’s, the OFCC recommended replacing the District’s elementary and middle schools. Twenty years later, when the OFCC updated the District’s Facilities Master Plan, its report indicated the existing elementary and middle schools were well beyond being renovated, with the cost to renovate the buildings expected to exceed 2/3 the cost of new construction – the standard by which OFCC determines whether a building should be renovated or replaced.

The buildings are not only inadequate because of their deteriorating condition, nearly every school is housing more students than can reasonably be accommodated. Storage rooms, offices, conference rooms and stages have been converted into classrooms, and 22 modular classrooms are being used to accommodate enrollment that is increasing daily. Programs such as gifted education have had to be consolidated into two buildings, with some students having to travel up to two hours per day to get the services they need.

Student and staff safety is also a serious concern, with some of buildings originally constructed as “Open Concept” schools, which lack permanent interior walls and no doors. These areas are impossible to secure in the event of an emergency. In addition, the general age of the schools prevents them from being retrofitted with up-to-date safety and security systems.

The Facilities Planning Team's Recommendation

The Facilities Planning Team recommended the Board pursue a school construction bond issue that includes three Pre-K through 6th-grade schools, and one building for 7th and 8th graders. The Planning Team’s desire was that the three Pre-K – 6 buildings be located to accommodate areas of greatest concentration of students (more of a neighborhood concept), and the 7 - 8 building should be as centrally-located as possible.

School Video Tours

Video Tour #1 (Groveport Madison High School)

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Video Tour #2 (Middle School Central)

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The Need for New Schools

Video Tour #4 (Middle School South)

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Facts About Issue 5

What is the Combined Operating Levy and Bond (Issue 5)?
  • The operating levy portion of the measure replaces the 2014 levy that expires at the end of 2019. IT IS NOT A TAX INCREASE!
  • The bond issue will replace aging, deteriorating, and severely overcrowded elementary and middle schools by constructing three K-6 buildings and one 7-8 building. 
  • The total cost of the combined issue is less than fifty cents a day (based on a $100,000 home value), and the State of Ohio will contribute 53% ($65 million) in matching funds to build the new schools.
Why is it needed?
  • Without passage of Issue 5, the District will lose $2.8 million in operating funds in 2019, and $5.6 million each year thereafter. The District would be unable to continue operations as it is today. 
  • New schools will address severe overcrowding in all of the District’s elementary and middle schools, providing a safe, healthy, and positive learning environment for 4,300 K-8 students – every day.
Are there other benefits?
  • Yes. More than 20 detached modular classrooms would be eliminated, putting all students in new schools constructed with modern safety and security systems.
  • New schools save money by being more efficient and significantly reducing maintenance and repair costs.
For more information, call our Communications Office, at 614-492-2520.

Fact Sheet & FAQs

Can I Vote on Issue 5?

It doesn’t matter if you are a property owner or a renter, you can vote on Issue 5 if . . . 
  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.
  • You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote.
  • You are not incarcerated (in jail or in prison) for a felony conviction.
  • You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
  • You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of election laws.

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Deadline to Register - Monday, April 8, 2019

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Issue #5 Approved Ballot Language

Who Can I Talk to About Issue 5?

 Call our Communications & Community Relations Office, at 614-492-2520, or email us, at gm.communications@gocruisers.org.
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