Dublin school board members are considering a combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy for the November ballot.

The district has scheduled June 11 for the school board 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.

If approved, the ballot issue would mean that district residents would pay a total of $1,834 annually per $100,000 of valuation, said Brian Kern, the district treasurer. Property owners are paying a total tax bill to the school district of $1,627 per $100,000, he said.

Essentially, the funding request would be an increase of $207 per $100,000 of valuation over what district property owners currently are paying, because the bond issue and improvements would be "no-new millage" issues.

The funding would help the district pay for more than $115 million in new facilities, including two new elementary schools, a middle school and high school additions.

Additionally, the improvements levy would fund an estimated $95.08 million in building infrastructure needs, the greatest of which are at Dublin Coffman High School.

Both the bond issue and the permanent-improvements levy are slated to be no-new millage requests because 2 mills are rolling off the district's books by calendar year 2020, Kern said -- the same year the district would begin collecting on the improvements levy.

If approved, the $195 million bond issue and the 2-mill improvements levy would generate $6 million annually beginning in 2020. The 5.9-mill operating levy would generate $18 million per year.

If voters approve the combination ballot issue, Kern is projecting the district would not require another operating levy until 2022.

District growth

District leaders pint to growing enrollment as the need behind the three new school buildings.

"We are bursting at the seams," Hoadley said.

District officials said they expect to grow by 3,000 students over the next 10 years, according to enrollment projections.

By 2022, 16 of 19 the schools in the district are expected to be over capacity.

Portable classrooms -- four at Deer Run Elementary School, four at Eli Pinney Elementary School and eight at Dublin Jerome High School -- house 400 students.

Hoadley said the district does notwant to include portable classrooms in its long-term enrollment strategy.

"Brick and mortar is simply the better option," he said.

Board vice president Lynn May asked school officials to update enrollment projections based on numbers that don't include portables.

"That is not the way we're supposed to educate students in this district," May said, referring to the use of portable classrooms.

She also asked district staff members to find a way to estimate the effect the new Emerald Campus nontraditional high school would have on the district's three high schools.

That campus, at 5175 Emerald Parkway, will serve as a place for juniors and seniors to attend for part of their day for career-exploration programs. It is set to open this fall.

Part of the revenue from the bond issue would reimburse the district's general fund for the $18.4 million the district paid for the purchase and renovation of the Emerald Campus building, Kern said.

New facilities

District officials estimate the new elementary schools -- to be built on Bright Road and in Jerome Village -- would house as many as 720 students each and cost a little less than $24.7 million each to build.

The middle school in Jerome Village would cost about $42.3 million and house as many as 960 students.

Additions to the existing high schools would add capacity for as many as 360 students and would cost about $20.4 million.

The district also plans to move its central office from 7030 Coffman Road to the fourth floor of the Emerald Campus facility, where classrooms are not allowed, for safety reasons.

About 18 preschool classrooms would then be housed at 7030 Coffman Road, a project slated to cost a little less than $3.27 million.

There are 12 classrooms in six elementary schools throughout the district, housing 311 preschool students, Kern said.

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