Columbus School District To Ask Voters For $30-Million

(Columbus) Voters in the Columbus School District will be asked to approve a multi-million dollar referendum this spring. The school board adopted the resolution on Monday, seeking to authorize general obligation bonds not to exceed $30-million. A Community Facilities Advisory Committee proposed a final recommendation to the school board last month based on feedback received in a district-wide survey and multiple meetings by the committee.

The funding would be used for:  construction of additions and renovations at the elementary school and the high school; capital maintenance and infrastructure improvements at all district buildings; acquisition of land; and the purchase of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Bray Architects assisted the committee in reviewing the priorities and potential support as perceived by the likely voters through the recent survey. That survey reportedly had a response rate of 24-percent and School Board President Cindy Damm says the results “showed great support from our residents for a potential referendum between $25 and $35 million.” Damm says the proposal addresses the priorities identified in both a facilities audit and in the community survey.

Over the next few months, the district will be providing multiple opportunities to learn more about the referendum. The district will be hosting informational sessions with Bray Architects and CD Smith Construction to discuss the concepts for the additions and renovations proposed at each of the district’s buildings. The election is on April 7.