The board agreed during a special work session on
The committees were part of a strategic planning process headed by former Superintendent
The facilities planning committee has tentatively identified
The financial planning committee has studied the district's latest five-year forecast, which projects a growing cash crunch.
The committee is expected to recommend going to voters for an additional tax in the upcoming presidential election or the May or November elections in 2021.
"Those are probably our three best options," Treasurer
"I think it's important to keep pushing ahead," Board Member
The work session began with discussion of replacing Schroer next year after a search process to begin in January.
In addition, the facilities committee is expected to continue visiting school buildings to hone the projected financial needs. The total projected need has been reduced from
"That's the true need," Hester said during the work session. "This is not upgrading."
A visit to
In some cases, officials said, the district might want to replace, rather than repair, aging facilities.
The board also discussed the need to better serve students' mental-health needs in anticipation of adding costs from this to the amount sought through an additional tax.
In December and January, Floyd said the finance committee would review different levies, bond or income tax issues that could be proposed to voters.
"It's going to encompass everything that delivers our core education," Floyd said.
Three parents attended the work session.
"Letting the community know they have a voice," Babb said. "We need to hear more new voices."
The deadline has already passed for putting a tax issue on spring election ballots.
To be included on ballots for the
"I would say May of '21 we have to be on the ballot," Anderson said.
To get on the
The board also needed to consider that contract negotiations would likely begin in
According to Floyd, since 1951, district voters have approved 28 of 38 tax issues, mostly by renewing "a string of emergency levies."
Voters have not approved permanent improvement issues in recent decades, while the last continuing levy passed in 1988, Floyd said.
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