How does this impact my tax bill?
The average homeowner will see varying amounts on their bills as the bonds are paid off over 20 years. As existing bonds (from 2003) are paid off, taxpayers will see a decrease in their taxes. With the sale of new bonds for the proposed referendum, tax bills will peak in year 4 with an average increase of $44.10 and by year 20 will decrease $71.47
In 10 more year the bond issued as a result of the last successful Red Clay capital referendum approved by the voters March 6, 2002 will be paid in full. So for the next 10 years Red Clay taxpayers will be carrying two bonds.
How will the district monitor construction and keep the public informed on progress?
Capital expenditures will be reviewed by the district Community Financial Review Committee, which is now in its fourth year of existence. Monthly reports will be posted on the CFRC website. The Facilities Committee will also monitor construction and give quarterly reports to the board and public. District publications will include updates
Capital improvements or not Red Clay does put contract bid notice and approvals on line as part school board agendas. Also, during capital improvements underway Red Clay also post change orders with details to reasons
What happens if the new school question on the ballot does not
The district will be forced to consider other options to address overcrowding at elementary schools, such as adjusting feeder patterns at elementary schools, reconsidering BSS as a K-8 school, removing programs at city schools (Pre-K, Parent Centers, Boost Up, and Small
Code for more portable classroom for the suburban schools and less programs for the city schools. To me this district comment seems like telling the city taxpayers if you don’t vote yes for a new school we’ll get you back. As you see no reference to busing suburban Red Clay students into the empty seats in Wilmington. Yea fire the BSS parents up with that comment! Another way to trump city voters.
Why aren’t you building a bigger school?
Projections show that a 600 seat school will ease overcrowding in the area and accommodate future growth. The land owned by the district, roughly 14 acres, would not support a school much larger than 600 seats. Also, research shows that a 600 student elementary school is ideal.