Dublin City School District officials could make a decision next month to move forward with a tax-issue funding request.

The district has scheduled June 11 for the board of education to vote on an initial resolution to place a tax issue on the November ballot, Superintendent Todd Hoadley said. The board's opportunity to vote on a final resolution to be placed on the ballot could be June 28, he said.

"That's our goal right now," Hoadley said.

District officials on May 14 presented board members with three millage options to consider: 4.9, 5.9 and 6.9 mills.

The millage rates would cost voters $171.50, $206.50, and $241.50, respectively, per $100,000 of propaerty valuation, district treasurer Brian Kern said.

The disadvantage of going with too low of a millage for the November ballot, Kern said, is that board members might have to choose a higher millage rate for the following ballot request.

Although a funding request of 4.9 or 5.9 mills could last for the next four years, a 6.9-mill request potentially could stretch to November 2023, Kern said.

"We could potentially stretch it one more year," he said.

The district is estimating new facilities to address student growth would cost a little less than $112.9 million.

District officials determined the need for two new elementary schools, a middle school and an addition to one high school.

One elementary school would be on Bright Road and the other and the middle school would be located within Jerome Village.

Either Scioto or Jerome high school would receive an addition, said Jeff Stark, the district's chief operating officer.

District officials said they would wait to see which school is most impacted by the new Emerald Campus building at 5175 Emerald Parkway.

The district estimates $95.08 million would be needed for infrastructure needs at the schools. Of that, $27.24 million would go toward Coffman High School, which opened in 1972. The breakdown for high school, middle school and elementary expenses is approximately $45.6 million, $34.4 million and $14.9 million, respectively.

A bond issue could cover as much as $35 million of the $95.08 million needed for permanent improvements, Kern said.

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