On Wednesday, June 6, the IPS Board of School Commissioners voted to pursue placing a capital question on the November General Election Ballot. Commissioners voted to approve resolutions to pursue a $52M capital improvement referendum on the November General Election Ballot. This is a reduction from the original capital request of $200M as the district carefully manages its top priorities with sensitivity to taxpayer burden.
If approved, the district plans to fund the IPS Safety and Modernization Project. In addition to taking care of some of the most dire maintenance needs, the project would provide all IPS-owned school buildings with safety and security enhancements including:
- Enhanced exterior lighting
- Technology upgrades
- Hardened exteriors
- Classroom safety upgrades
- Upgraded emergency communication system
“The administration and commissioners acknowledge the changing nature of public education, particularly providing a safe and secure environment for students and staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “We need additional resources to respond to the changing school environment, while many of our facilities need to be updated in a way that aligns to our proactive and preventative mindset.”
The majority of deferred maintenance and construction projects, energy efficiency and technology upgrades in the original list of capital improvements would be delayed.
If passed, the $52M capital referendum proposes a local property levy of no more than $0.0332 on each $100 of assessed valuation. The estimated taxpayer impact on a home with a market value of $123,500 would be $1.33 per month. The capital referendum taxes will apply only to property owners within the IPS district.
The referendum question will be presented to voters in the IPS district during the 2018 General Election on Tuesday, November 6. Those interested in learning more about the district’s plans can visit myips.org/learnmore.