As Dublin City School District deals with district-wide capacity challenges, the staff is recommending that the district stays the course in considering a November 2018 ballot issue.

Over the next few months, the district will determine the millage to be requested for a no-new millage bond issue and a permanent improvement levy, treasurer Brian Kern said.

By 2020, debt service millage could drop two mills, which equates to $70 annually per $100,000 of assessed value, Kern said.

District growth

Over the past 10 years, 2,400 students have been added to the district, deputy superintendent Tracy Miller said. That growth already has led to overcrowding in some schools.

Eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school are over capacity, said Jill Abraham, director of elementary education. Those schools include Albert Chapman, Glacier Ridge, Indian Run, Olde Sawmill, Eli Pinney, Griffith Thomas, Wright and Wyandot elementary schools; Ann Simpson Davis and Willard Grizzell middle schools; and Dublin Coffman High School.

"The numbers tell a story," Abraham said.

The number of schools over capacity increases five years out.

According to enrollment projections, only Deer Run Elementary, Riverside Elementary and Dublin Scioto High School would be within capacity by the 2022-2023 school year.

New facilities

The district is estimating that new facilities to address student growth would cost $112,868,778.

The district had previously determined the need for two new elementary schools, a middle school and an addition to one of its high schools. One elementary would be located on Bright Road, and the other elementary and the middle school would be located within Jerome Village.

Either Scioto or Jerome high schools would receive an addition, chief operating officer Jeff Stark said. The district would wait to see which school is most impacted by the new Emerald Campus building.

The district's new school at 5175 Emerald Parkway will house a career exploration program and will serve as a place for juniors and seniors to go for part of their day. The building is expected to be ready for students next fall. District staff also has recommended moving its preschool programs to the district's central office on Coffman Road. The staff there would move to the fourth floor of the Emerald Campus.

The district has 291 preschool students as of Dec. 1, and they attend school at Bailey, Chapman, Pinney, Wright and Wyandot elementaries, district spokesman Doug Baker said.

Moving preschools would allow more space for enrollment needs of the district's kindergarten through fifth-grade students, Baker said, and help preschool staff better share resources.

Improvements

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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