What is Issue 4?
Issue 4 is a combined 6.68-mill operating levy and 2.24-mill bond issue for Groveport Madison Local Schools. The operating levy is for a period of five years to fund the day-to-day operation of our schools. The 38-year bond issue allows our district to take advantage of state-matching funds from the Ohio School Facilities Commission to build a new high school.
What happens if Issue 4 passes?
If Issue 4 passes, Groveport Madison Schools will:
• Restore student busing for Groveport Madison High School
• Reinstate busing within 2-mile radius for K-8 students
• Phase in college and career readiness programs with emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math courses (grades 5-12)
• Increase Advance Placement course options
• Reinstate all athletics and extra-curricular programs
• Fund integration of educational technology plan at all grade levels
• Allocate $1 million for GMHS (immediate needs only) and other building repairs
• Maintain a carryover of $3 million
• Begin planning and construction of new high school with Ohio School Facility Commission matching funds
• Establish an independent citizen task force to review and communicate the use of taxpayer investment
What happens if Issue 4 fails?
Failure of Issue 4 will result in the following:
• Continue without busing services for Groveport Madison High School students
• Maintain state minimum busing for K-8 students (No busing within 2-mile radius)
• Eliminate all athletic and extra-curricular programs at all grade levels
• Reduce art and music programs at all grade levels (No K-8 programs. One high school fine art credit to remain.)
• Staff reductions of:
o 27 teachers
o 2 guidance counselors
o 2 administrators
o 1 clerical position
• Evaluate the possibility of closing a school and consolidating middle schools
• Additional staff and program reductions as necessary to meet budget
I've heard pay-to-participate fees will be eliminated if Issue 4 passes. Is this true and why?
While the Board of Education has yet to formally vote on the policy change that would eliminate these student fees, they have indicated an intention to do so if Issue 4 passes. However, if Issue 4 does not pass, millions of dollars in additional cuts will be necessary – including the elimination of all athletics and extra-curricular programs.
Athletics and extra-curricular programs are an integral part of providing our students with well-rounded experiences that lead to college and career opportunities. With more than 60% of our students receiving free or reduced lunch, additional participation fees have prohibited participation and limited the number of opportunities available to many of our students. The Board of Education wants to ensure that all of our students have equal access and opportunities – regardless of economic status. Therefore, if Issue 4 passes, the Board of Education intends to eliminate participation fees, and continue to identify additional operating efficiencies to reduce costs, solicit support through boosters, ticket sales, and student fundraisers.
Why do we need a new high school?
Our high school is in poor condition and seriously overcrowded. Ohio School Facilities Commission minimum standards show that our existing high school needs to be larger and is in such poor condition that it needs to be replaced. It was built to accommodate 900 students, and it currently houses more than 1400 students – with the addition of fourteen, detached, temporary modular units. Rusting plumbing lines, a leaking roof, and outdated infrastructure present safety issues, are costly to repair, and cannot support the teaching, programs, and technology needed to prepare students for college and good jobs. The state will contribute nearly 50% of the cost to build a new high school – but only if we pass a ballot issue to pay our local share.
How much will it cost me?
The cost to homeowners who qualify for the Homestead Exemption are listed below. For real property owners, the homestead exemption is available to any Ohio resident homeowner who:
• Is at least 65 in the year they apply; or
• Is totally and permanently disabled as of January 1 of the year they apply, as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist, or a state or federal agency; or
• Is the surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the previous homestead exemption at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of death.
|Cost to Homeowner With Homestead Exemption
For those homeowners who do not qualify for the Homestead Exemption, the cost is listed below:
|Cost to Homeowner Without Homestead Exemption
When is the Election to vote on Issue 4?
Election Day is Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Polls are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM. All voters must provide identification at the polls in order to cast a regular ballot on Election Day.
How do I register to vote/update my voting address?
What is the deadline?
In order to vote in the May 6, 2014 election, the Franklin County Board of Elections office must receive your voter registration form and/or updated voting address by Monday, April 7, 2014.
Where do I vote on Election Day?
You can find your polling location by visiting the Franklin County Board of Elections website and entering your house number, street name, and zip code.
Can I vote early by mail?
All Ohio voters can vote from the convenience of their homes by requesting an absentee ballot. Request an absentee ballot by:
• Generating a completed absentee ballot application
• Downloading a blank absentee ballot application
• You must print the application, sign it, and return it to:
Franklin County Board of Elections
280 E. Broad St. – Room 100
Columbus, OH 43215-4572
The Franklin County Board of Elections must receive your completed application no later than noon on Saturday, May 3, 2014, but you should submit your application as far in advance of the election as possible. This ensures sufficient time for the Board of Elections to mail you a ballot and for you to complete and return that ballot.
Can I vote early in person?
Yes. You can walk in, request your absentee ballot, and vote in person – in the same visit – beginning April 1, 2014, at the Franklin County Board of Elections in downtown Columbus at 280 E. Broad St. It is easy and convenient. In-person absentee voting hours for this election are:
Tuesday - Friday, April 1-4, 2014: 8AM – 5PM
Monday, April 7, 2014: 8AM – 9PM
Tuesday - Friday, April 8-11, 2014: 8AM – 5PM
Mondays - Fridays, April 14 - May 2, 2014: 8AM – 5PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014: 8AM – Noon
How do I know if I live within the Groveport Madison School District boundaries?
The Groveport Madison Local School District encompasses more than 40 square miles in southeast Franklin County, including the City of Groveport, as well as portions of Madison Township, the City of Columbus, the Village of Obetz, the Village of Brice, and Truro Township. Our school district residents have mailing addresses that include not only Groveport, but also Reynoldsburg, Canal Winchester, Brice, and Columbus – which can be confusing.
If you are unsure if you live within the school district boundaries, and therefore wonder if you can vote for Issue 4, you can easily check by visiting the Franklin County Board of Elections website at
http://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/search/ and entering your home address.
Then, please make sure you are registered to vote before the deadline of April 7, 2014.