Examine The Facts Before You Vote

For many reasons, this November will be the most important election our community has seen in a long time. Good For Grandview is committed to providing relevant and comprehensive facts as voters seek to become more informed ahead of election day.

+ What is Issue 6 asking for?

Issue 6 asks voters to approve two levies to support a $55.25 million bond issue and a 1 mill operating levy. These two levies have been combined into one ballot initiative and may not be voted on separately.

Source: https://bit.ly/2NO6a87

+ How much community support does this plan have?

In the district's most recent survey, 23% strongly support it, while 28% somewhat support it. (And two-thirds of the participants have kids in the schools.)

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+ What is an operating levy?

An operating levy generates additional tax revenue to the school district's operating budget, the majority of which is used to fund staff/teacher salaries and benefits. Unlike permanent improvement monies, which can only be spent on facilities and technology, the use of operating funds is much more flexible and can be used on operations and buildings.

+ How necessary is the operating levy?

Even if no operating levy were passed for the next four years, the district still expects to have a $5.5 million cash balance in the operating fund at the start of fiscal 2022. (Source pg 187 https://bit.ly/2xFatIL)

+ How urgent are these repairs and renovations?

While the facilities assessments commissioned by the district identify both opportunities for capital improvement and deferred maintenance, they do not indicate any prioritization or impact to students/staff. Some items may have more immediate need than others, or not be necessary at all.

Acknowledging that the assessments contain more than what is minimally necessary, the head of the planning firm said, “I am not at all saying that this $44 million is something we need to do tomorrow - at all.” Harrison Planning Group, facility planning process community meeting.

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+ How are the conditions of our facilities impacting our schools' academic/athletic performance?

Let's look at what the district has accomplished in the last year:

  • Received the Ohio Department of Education’s highest Performance Index score since the development of the new report card format, ranking #1 in Franklin County and the 16th in the state.
  • Moved up 152 Places in national rankings of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 rankings of the best high schools in America.
  • Named to the AP District Honor Roll by College Board for the second year in a row.
  • Implemented ALICE training and drills in all schools to empower students and staff to make immediate and informed decisions in the event of a crisis.
  • Received Increased scholarship offers for graduating class by $4.2 million
  • Implemented the 1:1 technology Initiative
  • Science Olympiad Road Scholar Team Takes First Place in State Competition
  • National Honor Society Chapter Welcomed 33 New Members
  • Received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award, recognizing secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.

    Source: https://www.ghcsd.org/apps/news/

+ What kind of a return on investment can the community expect in terms of student college placement, grade point averages, test scores, graduation rates, etc?

That question was put to the superintendent at the first presentation of facility options. He replied, “Quite candidly there is very little research to suggest that new facilities are going to increase graduation rates…or increase test scores.”

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+ How much would this levy cost residents?

The Franklin county auditor has an online levy estimator where you can enter an address and see what the new taxes would be if the levy passes. The district treasurer has also published this helpful video.

+ What about the expiring levy?

The bond levy that financed the middle school commons and other renovations will expire in 2020. This means that the 1.66 mills collected under that levy will phase out in 2019. Please see the treasurer's video referenced above for more information.

+ How much money is available for maintaining school facilities?

There is no restriction on the amount of operating funds that can be used for capital improvement/maintenance. Additionally, the current permanent improvement levy (which will never expire) generates approximately $540,000 per year.

Starting in 2011, the district began spending a portion of permanent improvement money on technology. Though expenses vary from year-to-year, 42% of permanent improvement expenditures were on technology last year.

Source: Beth Collier, GHCSD Treasurer

+ How much money did the schools spend on facilities last year?

Approximately $345,000

Source: Beth Collier, GHCSD Treasurer

+ How much money has the district spent on the planning process so far?

Approximately $362,000 has been spent on consulting, architects, planners, owners representative, surveys, videography, and other related expenses.

Source: Beth Collier, GHCSD Treasurer

+ What happens if Issue 6 fails on Nov. 6?

The district has stated that it has no concrete plans should a majority of voters not support the levy on voting day.

+ What is the impact of a potential Grandview Yard renegotiation on Issue 6?

According to district superintendent Culp, "...this agreement would likely enable the district to reduce the amount of taxes that are collected on the November ballot issue."

Should the levy pass on Nov. 6, voters will have given the school board the irrevocable authority to tax at the full amount for the duration of the bond. Any reduction in tax burden would be at the discretion of future school boards on a year-by-year basis for each of the next 38 years.

Source: Email, 'Message from Superintendent Andy Culp', Sept 19, 2018.