What is this bond issue and why do we need it?
- This is a bond issue to make room in our schools and support Little Miami students. It is listed as Issue 4 on the May 8th ballot. Vote FOR Issue 4 to make room for Little Miami students. Strong Schools – Strong Future – Strong Community.
- Little Miami Schools student enrollment is increasing. Little Miami Schools has grown by over 175 students EACH year for last 5 years. Future enrollment projections show an increase of around 200 students each year for next 15 years. Current enrollment is over 4,900 with a maximum capacity of 4,950. Little Miami Schools has no control over future housing growth in our district and must educate all students who live in this district.
- The Little Miami School District area continues to grow tremendously. Hamilton Township is ranked #1 in New Residential Home Permits in 2016 and 2017 for Southwest Ohio. The 98 sq mile Little Miami area has a lot of open land that has not been developed yet so our tremendous growth will continue in future years.
- This bond issue is urgently needed now. Design and Building cannot start until after the Bond issue is passed. Current estimates show that the design and building process will take 3 years. Estimates show we will have at least 600 new students in 3 years which will be 5,500 students enrolled. Our schools have a combined capacity of 4,950 maximum across all six schools. Trailers, which are a huge security risk and drain on operating budget, will most likely be coming. A bond issue raises money that, by law, can be used only for capital costs – building construction, renovations, and vehicle and equipment purchases. A bond issue cannot be used for operational costs such as salaries. Little Miami Schools have proven to be fiscally responsible. Little Miami spends in the bottom third for pupil expenditures out of all 612 Ohio school districts. Little Miami Schools are spending $9,548 per pupil versus the state average of $11,603. However, Little Miami Students perform in the top 25% of all Ohio school districts.
This Issue 4 on the May 8th ballot is needed NOW to Make Room for Little Miami students. Strong Schools. Strong Future. Strong Community.
What is being planned for this bond issue?
- A new 800 seat Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 1 elementary school will be built on the existing Salem site.
- The Intermediate school will receive an addition to create an additional 250 seats. The intermediate School was built in 2009 with a capacity of 800 seats. The Intermediate school has 741 students in 5th and 6th grades for the 17-18 school year.
- The Junior High school will receive an addition to create 600 additional seats. The Junior High school was built in 2009 with a capacity of 800 seats. The Junior High school has 747 students in 7th and 8th grades for the 17-18 school year.
- The High School will have a 42,500 square foot addition. This will include additions for academic space, athletic space, and other space for band and choir. The high school was built in 2000 with an addition in 2008.
- This bond issue will be phase 1 of Little Miami School’s Master Plan as discussed in their community meetings held in late 2016 and on August 30, 2017.
- Security systems will be reviewed and updated in all school buildings to meet safety concerns for students.
How can I help?
- Make sure your voice is heard. If you’re not registered to vote or need to change any of your information such as your address if you have moved since the last election, visit https://olvr.sos.state.oh.us/ before April 9.
- Avoid the hassle of election day and vote early at the Board of Elections office in Lebanon. Early voting dates are listed on the Warren County BOE’s website or can be found in our FAQ.
- You may also vote by absentee ballot by requesting a ballot online at the BOE’s website. If you plan to vote by absentee ballot, then you must request an absentee ballot for each election.