Dublin City Schools ballot issue
Committee has multifaceted campaign approach
Education is key to the campaign of the Good Schools Committee.
The group will work to educate voters on the combined $15.8-million bond issue and 6.4-mill operating levy on the Nov. 6 ballot and try to communicate its importance to the state of education at Dublin City Schools.
"We'll try to inform taxpayers the best we can," Dublin Superintendent David Axner.
"We're not planning to spend a lot of time worrying about opposition," Axner said. "We'd rather spend time explaining why the combined issue is on the ballot."
No organized opposition to the tax issue, Issue 48 in Franklin County, has been identified yet and Good Schools Committee members said their work this fall will be to get information out.
"We have done a lot with our website and are trying to promote GSCDublin.org," said Becka Mayr, committee chairwoman.
"We have lots of positive stories on there and continue to post more weekly," Mayr said.
"Some are in the form of a video and some are photos with written information. There's also a Facebook page, tweets (and) Youtube."
Mayr is chairwoman of the Good Schools Committee with Megan Stevens and Kent Underwood. As the communications chairwoman, Mayr said the group will also work to get the word out in person.
"We're also holding a number of coffees or informational sessions, some through home owners associations, some are friends inviting other friends," she said.
"We're just trying to make sure everyone is educated to make a good vote on the issue."
The Good Schools Committee also will be at PTO meetings, home football games and other big events.
"I think our big message is we feel strongly that strong schools make a strong community and help make a strong economy for our community," Mayr said.
"We're taking a bit more of a grass-roots approach to make sure that everyone realizes what's at stake for our schools and our community."
More one-on-one communication will be utilized this year and the committee held a messaging session to show people how to talk to others about the issue.
There is a different feel to the group after the defeat of the bond and levy issue last year, Mayr said.
"There's a different sort of enthusiasm (this year) because we had some buffer time (last year) but we do not have that now," Mayr said.
"We took a hit and there's so much more at stake now. A lot more people are rising to the occasion."
School Board member Lynn May has been working with the committee and said the message is an important one.
"We believe in this district so strongly and we want to maintain this district for our kids," May said.
"Administration has shown they are very fiscally responsible. We've tightened our belts and done everything we can to maintain that fiscal responsibility," she said.
The state has made cuts to school funding while the district has added 200 to 300 students each year, May said.
"We're a growing community, it's been shown time and again," she said. "Property values are tied to the schools. Strong schools will keep the community strong."
Voters will decide on the combined ballot issue Nov. 6. If the issue passes it would cost district residents an additional $213 per $100,000 home value annually.