What is the Bond Issue on the May 2 ballot?
The North Royalton School Bond issue on the May 2 ballot will:
- Build a new elementary school configured with “schools within a school” to share space, foster collaboration and accommodate all day kindergarten
- Renovate middle school for 21st century learning environments and increased STEM programs
- Renovate and rebuild high school to focus on student-centered learning with collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.
How was this plan created?
This plan is the result of one year of study by a Community Engagement Task Force made up of a cross-section of community members and experts. The Committee recommended this comprehensive solution. This plan is well researched, well thought-through and reviewed by third-party experts. Community input was gathered through a series of community meetings, surveys and local meetings. This plan addresses the educational and facility needs of all students and brings our buildings up to today’s educational and safety standards.
Why is this bond issue needed? I thought our schools have enough money?
What has the district done to save money?
What happens if this bond issue doesn't pass?
The Board of Education recently outlined the educational cuts that will happen if Issue xx is not successful. These cuts will take place next school year and are needed because resources will have to be redirected to make urgent, major repairs to the buildings. The status quo is no longer an option – we are either bringing the buildings to today’s educational standards in a comprehensive way or we will continue to put band aids on the problem by taking resources from education to patch our buildings. This is the last chance to pass an issue before major educational cuts.
Here are the identified cuts:
- Laying off of at least 15 teachers and increasing class size
- Reducing transportation to state minimums –only bussing K-8 outside a 2 mile radius. No high school transportation
- Closing all buildings immediately after school, ending community use of school facilities
- Eliminating support positions for curriculum, technology, maintenance and transportation
- Increasing athletics and music pay to play fees
- Eliminating middle school sports, foreign language options, field trips and gifted programs
- Reducing professional development
Have neighboring school districts passed bond issues?
Strongsville recently opened a new middle school. Brecksville is currently studying their facilities and will likely have an issue on the ballot soon. This November, Berea Schools passed a bond issue
Why did the district renovate the stadium before the building?
In 2010, the Office of Civil Rights ruled that our stadium was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and our district had to immediately either stop holding events there or upgrade to comply with the ADA. The Board of Education determined that the best course of action was to seek private and public funds for a complete upgrade of the stadium to bring the facility up to today’s standards and address the ADA violations.
The stadium is now host to many more school-related events and is now used almost 300 days each year.
I hear that if the district hadn't built a stadium that this issue wouldn't be needed, is that true?
This is not true, while there were some district funds used for the stadium, those funds are far less than is needed to upgrade our buildings. The existing Permanent Improvement Fund is approximately $800,000 in annual appropriations and pays for things like building maintenance, buses, technology and books and materials. The maintenance cost for our buildings is far in excess of that amount and is growing each year – it is not possible to bring our aging facilities to today’s educational standards without this bond issue.
How was the stadium project funded?
Where are the North Royalton tax rates compared with other schools and cities in Cuyahoga County?
- The effective millage rate for North Royalton Schools is in the bottom 24% for the County.
- Our per pupil spending is in the bottom 9 % for the county.
- The City of North Royalton and Broadview Heights effective tax rates are both in the bottom 23% in the county.
How will the community know that the bond proceeds are being spent wisely?
The district will ensure an open and transparent construction process by creating a Community Construction Oversight Committee to oversee spending. The committee will include financial, construction and educational experts and will report their work to the community.
How much will this cost?
This 4.9 mill bond issue will cost $9.04 per month per $100,000 of property value [factoring in drop off of an existing issue] and will save the district over $1 million in operating funds every year.
Are our students prepared for college and careers?
For more information:
Click here for Elementary School Plan and Information