Investing in Students
What's next for our schools
Money will begin coming into our district this February, and work in our schools will begin soon afterward. Please bear in mind this is a ten-year referendum, with projects spread over those ten years as we receive the money, so the work can’t all be done overnight.
Our existing maintenance crews will focus on high priority projects. We will start bringing in bids from outside vendors for larger projects such as fire alarm replacements, school repainting, and elevator upgrades and be able to begin the first phase of those in March and April.
We are already doing a lot behind the scenes to get ready for major projects, including air conditioner and roof replacements. The first wave of those projects includes at least 20 air conditioners and millions of dollars in roof repairs. That work will largely take place over the summer, because we must have all our students and staff off campus as outside crews of sometimes more than 100 workers work nonstop through the summer to complete the projects.
How did we get here?
Learn how inadequate state funding has led to our community’s $2 billion challenge.Learn more
What will a half-penny do?
Studies show a half-penny investment would improve student achievement and boost our economy in many ways, including higher property values.Learn more
How will the money be spent?
The ten-year referendum is limited to funding specific long-term projects in public schools, with all spending watched by a Citizen Oversight Committee.Learn more
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions answered and hear the facts on common misconceptions about the half-penny sales tax education referendum.Learn more
Immediately improves our community by
Saves taxpayer dollars in the long run by
Half-penny sales tax on November 6 ballot
Classroom Technology Safety & Security New School Construction
Generates $131 million per year for 10 years for specific, planned projects based on need
Typical family will
pay $63 a year
Nominations for the initial independent citizen members of the Citizen Oversight Committee are now closed; the nomination period extended from September 17 through September 28 at 5 p.m. Thank you for your interest in serving our community.
Important information for school district employees: Referendum Education Toolkit