The Dublin City School District's funding request on the November general election ballot would pay for the construction of facilities and renovation of existing buildings and money also would go toward safety and security updates.
A combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy will appear on the ballot in the November.
The district's first priority for these updates is upgrades to its video camera system, said Tracey Miller, Dublin's deputy superintendent.
The district is working on upgrades now, but with better funding, it could update the security system in a quicker and more efficient way, Miller said.
"We are 100 percent trying to improve video surveillance systems," he said.
The district is maintaining all cameras and providing upgrades on an as-needed basis, said Jeff Stark, the district's chief operating officer.
Future budgeting for a camera update rollout will be contingent upon the levy outcome, he said.
If the levy passes, district administration annually will provide a recommended allowance from the permanent improvement levy to be dedicated to security items such as cameras, badge access, etc., he said.
If the levy fails, the district administration will need to work with the treasury department to create a paired down budget to fund a prioritized list of needs each year, he said.
While cameras are the first priority, the next priority is providing additional safety training for students and staff about subjects such as preparing for active shooters, providing emergency first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or administering naloxone for a heroin overdose, Miller said.
Following that, funding would be allocated for additional school resource officers, Miller said. The district has seven SROs now, he said.
With the new Emerald Campus at 5175 Emerald Parkway and the two new elementary schools and middle school planned as part of the funding requested on the November ballot, the district would need to provide security for four new buildings, Miller said.
The district's next priority would be adding a digital check-in system at all buildings, to scan visitors' drivers licenses and provide photo badges. The system would check against an FBI database for sex offenders, Miller said.
Providing increased staffing for safety and security would be the next area to receive funding, Miller said.
In 2011, each high school had two hall monitors, he said, who were in charge of checking parking lots, hallways and restrooms.
When the district's levy request failed in 2011, staff was cut so that each high school had only one hall monitor, Miller said. The district would hire three more monitors to return staffing at the high school to 2011 levels, he said.
Next in the prioritized funding list would be increasing staff for mental health services, such as social workers, drug and alcohol counselors and school counselors, Miller said. The district likely would add staff at elementary, middle and high schools, he said.
Finally, the district would add a door alarm system, so notifications could be sent to main offices in buildings if doors are open for longer than a certain pre-set time, Miller said.
"It's a different world we live in now," he said.
The district doesn't have pricing estimates yet for each of the initiatives, Miller said.