Q: When is the referendum?
A: The election will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Q: What will be funded by the referendum dollars?
A: Referendum dollars will assist with the following:
Ensure that VCSC maintains student protection officers in all school buildings.
Ensure that VCSC continues to attract the highest qualified teachers and staff members to our district.
Ensure that VCSC maintains the current number of guidance counselors.
Ensure that VCSC maintains the current number of school nurses.
Maintain sufficient staff to assist with students.
Help the district continue to provide with co-curricular and extra-curricular trips.
Q: Why was the referendum requested now?
A: The operational referendum proposal is the result of a structural deficit resulting from decreased revenue, shrinking enrollment, and increased operational costs needed to maintain high safety, health and academic standards.
Q: Who can vote?
A: Please reference here for information on who can vote in elections in Indiana.
Q: What will the referendum cost?
A: We have an online tax calculator that can tell you how this referendum would affect your property.
Q: How would the $7 million operational referendum be allocated across the district?
A: The working budget is as follows:
Safety and Security
School Guidance Counselors
Teachers and Staff
Q: If this is approved, when would the district see the additional revenue?
A: The district would begin to see the financial results in 2020
Q: What happens if the referendum is not approved?
A: The district would expand its budget reductions from 4M to 8M to maintain a 10% cash balance by the end of the 2020 calendar year.
Q: What would happen to school safety and security if the referendum is not approved?
A: While all our schools currently have secure entries, this referendum includes funds for armed student protection officers. The proposed referendum ensures that armed officers would remain in all of our buildings. If the referendum does not pass, safety and security measures would be weighed against other needs in the district.
Q: How does our current tax rate compare to neighboring school districts?
A: Vigo County School Corporation receives far less investment from county taxes than our neighbors.
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Q: How does our current tax rate compare to other larger school districts?
Q: What do SPOs do?
A: Although school resource officers serve as the main security arm of the schools in which they work, their job is more expansive than simply policing school grounds. Other SRO/SPO duties include:
• Safety plan development
• Internal dispute mediation
• School patrols
• Law enforcement education
It's also in a SRO/SPO's job description to help protect against theft and property damage, assist in medical emergencies and reduce the incidence of 911 calls from schools to emergency personnel.
Q: What is the status of the future building referendum?
A: The district has hired an architect and is beginning a series of community meetings to discuss the referenda and the future building project.
Q: The referendum request is for $7 million. Did you consider asking for a larger amount?
A: Our final referendum request of $7 million and the $4 million budget reduction were based on an assessment of our district’s needs and information gathered at community-meetings.
Q: Why is this referendum in November, instead of May when we usually see school referendums?
A: State law allows referendums in November and May. If the district is successful in November, the financial impact would be realized in 2020. If the district waited until May of 2020, the financial impact would be realized in 2021. The November time frame allows the district enough time to respond to either a victory or a defeat.