Northridge Local Schools is putting two issues before voters on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about these important issues.
Q. What is on the November 6 ballot?
A. Northridge Local Schools is asking residents to approve two separate issues.
Q. Why are there two separate issues?
A. State law does not allow the district to combine the emergency operating renewal with any other issues, so two issues and two votes are required for the November 6 ballot.
Q. Why does the district need both issues?
A. The combined bond issue and earned income levy will allow the district to build a new elementary school and also provide ongoing maintenance and repair needs at the middle and high school. These critical updates are necessary to bring our facilities up to modern day standards and meet the increasing educational, structural and safety issues that currently exist in the district’s schools.
The emergency renewal covers day-to-day operating expenses such as teachers, technology and utilities. This issue was first approved by voters in 2009 and requires renewal every five years. The renewal is necessary to maintain the current level of programs and staffing that provide a good quality of education for students. This issue will not raise taxes.
Q. Why is it called an Emergency Operating Levy?
A. The title “Emergency” is from the state legislature. This is a specific type of operating levy that may be set for a specific dollar amount. Unlike some other types of operating levy requests, it must be renewed by Northridge voters every five years. To maintain current programing and instructional services the renewal of the operating levy is necessary. Again this issue will not raise taxes.
Q. Why has the mileage rate increased from previous requests?
A. The plans for the new elementary school have not changed. The new building will offer a good, no-frills learning environment. However due to the continued rise in construction costs, the cost of materials and increased construction labor wages, the same building now costs more to build The district must account for these growing expenses that are happening across all building and renovation projects throughout the state.
Q. What happens if voters approve both issues?
A. With the passage of both issues, the district will have enough funds to build a new K-5 elementary school that will replace the district’s outdated K-3 primary school and move our 4th and 5th graders out of the trailers. Additionally, we will be able to update the middle and high schools to meet today's educational needs. Northridge Local Schools will also be able to maintain the current level of programs and staffing that keep our good schools a good value to the community.