The Dublin City School District is expected to seek a ballot issue in 2018, but details of the request still are being worked out.
Dublin Board of Education members June 26 are expected to discuss a recommendation from the district's administration team that suggests waiting until next year to go to the ballot with a levy request.
In a presentation to board members June 12, Superintendent Todd Hoadley and Treasurer Brian Kern said funding from a 2012 combined $15.87 million bond issue and 6.4-mill operating levy could be stretched to six years to help voters avoid levy fatigue.
Still, they said the district's new facility requirements -- the result of enrollment increases -- coupled with maintenance expenses for existing buildings are driving the need for a funding issue.
Projected enrollment-growth estimates show that by the 2026-27 school year, the district could have 17,815 to 20,030 students. Enrollment this year is 15,785 students.
According to the district's master plan, Dublin eventually would add an elementary school on Bright Road, elementary and middle schools in Jerome Village, a nontraditional high school space and additions to Jerome High School and possibly Scioto High School, for a total of a little less than $152 million. The district has already purchased the former Verizon building on Emerald Parkway for the nontraditional high school as well as land in Jerome Village.
Additionally, renovation costs are expected at the district's existing facilities, including a little more than $10.2 million for elementary schools, $25.8 million for middle schools and $36.5 million for high schools.
The district doesn't have a permanent improvement fund, and renovation expenses are paid from the general fund.
Hoadley said the district likely would pursue a combination levy and bond issue because new facilities are expected to be needed by the start of the 2021 school year. The board of education also could decide whether to add a permanent improvement levy to the ballot issue for maintenance of the district's buildings, which are all over a decade old.
"We don't have new buildings anymore," Hoadley said.
During its June 12 meeting, the board also approved appointing Tracy Miller, who is the district director of operations, to the position of deputy superintendent. He will begin his new role Aug. 1 with a salary of $142,894 and a combined salary and benefits package of $185,762.20. Tom McDonell replaces Miller as director of operations.
Graduations for the 2018 classes at Dublin's high schools will be May 27.
The times will be 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The order for the ceremonies and the venue have not yet been determined.