The $132.5 MILLION Bond Referendum

What’s in the referendum…

  • New Early Childhood Learning Center to replace the aging Jefferson Early Learning Center - $16.7 million
  • Updating LLCs at every school - $11 million
  • Expanding science classrooms at Monroe & Edison Middle Schools -  $4.5 million
  • Expanding and updating Franklin Middle School - $36.4 million
  • Updating Edison Middle School - $20.8 million
  • Updating Monroe Middle School and new Auditorium and Fine Arts Center - $23.8 million
  • Collaboration space district wide - $2.2 million
  • Outdoor learning space (5 schools) - $800,000
  • Capital Improvements includes paving, roofs, flooring, mechanical (HVAC)

Deferred Maintenance:

  • The referendum includes $138.5 million in Capital Improvements – the $138.5 million is actually deferred maintenance that the District refuse to fund for  decades
  • In the past 10 years, the BOE (Board of Education) on average budgeted just $500,000 per year for 22 buildings – less than $30,000 per building
  • Many schools need paving, new roofs, and updated HVAC systems and plumbing

Why I am OPPOSED to the referendum…

  • The referendum includes many projects that do not directly impact student learning
  • The BOE budget is $153.6 million (not including bond & interest payments)
  • 2016-2017 budget for bonds and interest is $19 million
  • District 200 already has $198.8 million in debt
  • The $132.5 million referendum will add $206 million in total debt
  • Our focus needs to be on fiscal responsibility and long-term strategies before committing taxpayers to an additional $206 million in taxes
  • Our district receives plenty of revenue but has a spending problem
  • Building projects that should be prioritized in the district:
  • New Early Childhood Center at Jefferson, but reduce the building size to 35,000 sq ft from the proposed 45,000 sq ft to save money
  • New Monroe Middle School Auditorium – the current auditorium seats just 70which is the size of 2 classrooms
  • Better secured entries at some of schools

 

Our long-term planning should then phase in some of the additional

“wants” for future requests to taxpayers