Dublin City School District officials have pushed back their schedule for the board of education to vote to place a tax issue on the November ballot in order to allow time to address questions.

The school board now is slated to vote at meetings June 28 and July 9 to request a combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill be placed on the ballot.

If approved, the tax issues would mean district residents would pay $1,834 annually per $100,000 of valuation, said Brian Kern, the district treasurer. Property owners are paying a 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.

The district originally had scheduled June 11 to vote on an initial resolution for the tax issue but took time instead to address topics covering building capacity and renovation needs.

Placing a tax levy on the ballot is one of the most important decisions a board member could make, said Todd Hoadley, Dublin's superintendent.

"We want to make sure that all of our board members have all the information they need to make an informed decision," he said.

Board member Rick Weininger was absent from the June 11 meeting and district officials also wanted to postpone the initial vote to a time when he would be present, Hoadley said.

Capacity projections

During the meeting, Deputy Superintendent Tracey Miller addressed how building capacity projections would change if modular classrooms were disregarded.

Modular classrooms house about 400 students in the district, Miller said. Modulars are are at Jerome High School, and Deer Run and Eli Pinney elementary schools. With modulars at Jerome, capacity is 1,724 students. Without modulars, that figure drops to 1,524 students.

Similarly, Deer Run capacity with modulars is 500 students. Without modulars, that number drops to 400 students. At Eli Pinney, capacity with modulars is 700 students. Without modulars capacity is 600 students.

Miller also explained how building capacity would be affected were the district to build two new elementary schools and a new middle school and convert its central office to a preschool. Those statistics did not include modular classrooms.

The preschool would have a capacity of 430 students, which would still meet enrollment projections for the 2022-23 school year (307 students) and the 2027-28 school year (314 students).

By adding two elementary schools, the district's total elementary student capacity would be 8,955 students. Right now, including modulars at Eli Pinney and Deer Run, capacity is 7,225 students.

By 2022-23, when elementary student enrollment is projected to be 8,575 students, that new capacity would still meet enrollment needs. But by the 2027-28 school year, enrollment is projected to grow to 8,988 total students, 33 students over capacity.

By adding a middle school, the district's total middle school student capacity would be 4,560 students. Right now, capacity is 3,600 students. The 2022-23 projected enrollment of 4,154 middle school students would still be within the new capacity. That would not be the case by the 2027-28 school year, however. That year, enrollment is projected to be 4,716 middle school students, 156 students over capacity.

District officials also provided information about how the Emerald Campus would affect high school student capacity. 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.

For the 2018-19 school year, Scioto High School is projected to be 197 students under its 1,552-student capacity. With the Emerald Campus, that number increases to 265 students under capacity. By the 2022-23 school year, Scioto would be 158 students under capacity.

For the 2018-19 school year, Coffman High School is projected to be 145 students over its 1,762-student capacity. With the Emerald Campus, Coffman's enrollment would only be over capacity by 11 students. By the 2022-23 school year, Coffman would be over capacity by 52 students.

For the 2018-19 school year, Jerome is projected to be over its 1,524-student capacity by 221 students. With the Emerald Campus, Jerome's enrollment would only be over capacity by 134 students. By the 2022-23 school year, Jerome would be over capacity by 311 students.

Renovation detail

Chief Operating Officer Jeff Stark also provided more detail to board members regarding the district's estimated $95.09 million in needed renovations to its buildings.

By category, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning upgrades are the highest cost, at a little less than $21.7 million. By building, Coffman is the highest cost, at a little less than $27.25 million.

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