The Dublin Board of Education must decide by Aug. 21 whether to place a combined $50-million bond issue and 7.9-mill operating levy on the November ballot.

The Dublin Board of Education must decide by Aug. 21 whether to place a combined $50-million bond issue and 7.9-mill operating levy on the November ballot.

The deadline is set by the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Because two votes are required by state law to place an issue on the ballot and the board has only one meeting scheduled before Aug. 21, members will meet in a special session at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the 1919 Building, 144 W. Bridge St., said board president Gwen Callender. The second meeting is 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the same location.

The proposed ballot package would cover everything from building construction and security to staff training and technology improvements. Collection of the operating levy would begin in January 2010, if approved, and would fund the budget for three years.

If approved, the levy would cost a homeowner an additional $242 in property taxes annually for every $100,000 in assessed property value.

The proposed bond issue would appear on the ballot as a 2.7-mill increase, but property owners wouldn't see it reflected in their tax bills.

The current bond millage is being collected at 7.2 mills. The new bond debt would be structured so that no new millage would be required to repay the bonds, district treasurer Steve Osborne has said.

The proposal includes $14.5-million for the district's 13th elementary school, which would compensate for increasing enrollment in the northwestern part of the district.

The bond also includes money for expansions to Davis and Karrer middle schools, adding four classrooms to each school at a cost of $860,000 per school.

About $4.4-million is included in the bond for the addition of 10 classrooms at Coffman High School to handle future growth.

Also included is $5.4-million for security improvements, $11.26-million for building maintenance and $6.1-million for equipment replacement, which includes buses.

The remaining $6.6-million is designated for technology upgrades and network improvements.