2023 election outcomes for Marion County faculty district poll questions — science weblog

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Voters on Tuesday evening authorised property tax will increase or renewed present referendum funds for Indianapolis Public Colleges, the College City of Speedway, and the Metropolitan College District of Warren Township.

Unofficial outcomes for the IPS poll query confirmed that roughly 59% of voters supported the $410 million measure, in comparison with 41% who opposed it. The biggest of the three poll measures, the IPS tax improve will fund upgrades to 23 faculty campuses.

Superintendent Aleesia Johnson thanked voters in a press release launched shortly after the outcomes.

“Their help of our capital referendum means IPS can Rebuild Stronger and instantly get to work on initiatives throughout greater than 20 colleges — from design to building beginning this yr — so that each pupil who walks by way of our buildings feels valued and liked, figuring out that one thing joyful and essential occurs inside these partitions,” Johnson mentioned.

Voters within the Metropolitan College District of Warren Township narrowly handed that district’s poll measure with roughly 52% supporting it and 48% opposed, whereas the poll measure from the College City of Speedway succeeded handily, with roughly 79% in favor and 21% towards.

Polls closed at 6 p.m. with a complete of 78,237 voters casting ballots. That turnout represents a forty five% improve during the last municipal main election in 2019, in line with the Marion County Election Board. The variety of early voters additionally rose dramatically, growing by 306% from the 2019 municipal main.

Tuesday evening’s election outcomes are unofficial till the Marion County Election Board certifies them on Could 15.


Johanna Dix, 29, casts her vote together with her “nearly” 2-year-old daughter on her lap on the Indianapolis Metropolis-County Constructing on Could 2.

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Indianapolis Public Colleges poll query focuses on buildings

IPS officers have pressured the necessity for constructing enhancements, which range by faculty and embody new HVAC and plumbing techniques, roof upgrades, new athletic fields, and classroom additions. 

“We have to replace these issues in order that college students have a secure and welcoming place to spend their day,” Deputy Superintendent Andrew Strope beforehand advised us. 

Approval of the $410 million query will permit the varsity district to subject bonds that the district pays again over 30 years, utilizing income from elevated taxes. IPS officers estimate that residents with a house valued on the median worth of $138,500 will see an additional $3.18 per thirty days on their property tax invoice. 

Roughly $66 million of the proposed $410 million will fund a two-story addition to Arlington Center College because it transforms right into a STEM faculty in 2024-25. The cash will even set up science labs and a “makerspace” — a collaborative space for inventive initiatives — and improve the varsity’s athletic fields.  

At George Washington Carver College 87, funding will help a constructing addition, new artwork and music rooms, a bigger parking space, and extra inexperienced area for the play space. 

A man stands to the right in a school gym.

David Spencer, chief working officer for KIPP Indy Public Colleges, stands within the gymnasium of the elementary and center faculty constructing, which is able to obtain about $800,000 in upgrades after voters authorised the $410 million poll query for Indianapolis Public Colleges on Tuesday, Could 2.

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And at KIPP Indy, one of many faculty district’s Innovation Community constitution colleges, funding will assist repair the roof, improve the gymnasium, and change outdated flooring. KIPP officers estimate that changing the flooring will save roughly $30,000 yearly in upkeep prices. 

Warren Township proposal will fund COVID-era initiatives

Warren Township requested voters for an additional $88 million over eight years to cowl the varsity district police division, 24 faculty counselors, and some packages launched with the assistance of federal coronavirus aid funds that expire in 2024. 

The poll query will elevate the property taxes that help the district’s working bills from 21 cents per $100 of assessed worth to 30 cents.  

A black sign says “Warren Township, Eastridge Elementary, 10930 10th Street, www.warren.k12.in.us.”

Eastridge Elementary in Warren Township obtained a household engagement liaison with the assistance of federal coronavirus aid funding. On Tuesday, Could 2, voters authorised The Metropolitan College District of Warren Township’s poll measure for a tax improve to proceed funding that place and different initiatives supported by federal COVID aid funding.

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The extra cash will assist the district pay bus drivers after the district elevated the beginning wage by $4 per hour final yr. It can additionally assist cowl help employees pay, which the district boosted to $15 per hour utilizing federal coronavirus aid. 

“It’s simply merely dearer to run a faculty district in 2023 than it was in 2018,” when the final referendum was handed, Matthew Parkinson, the district’s chief monetary officer, beforehand advised us. 

Speedway colleges hope for third renewal of working referendum

The College City of Speedway sought a 3rd renewal of its working referendum, which Superintendent Kyle Trebley beforehand mentioned will assist pay for employees within the small district of roughly 1,850 college students. 

The approval of the poll query maintains the present working tax price handed in 2016 of 59 cents per $100 of assessed worth. 

Amelia Pak-Harvey covers Indianapolis and Marion County colleges for Chalkbeat Indiana. Contact Amelia at apak-harvey@chalkbeat.org.

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