Great schools are built on a committed community. Lawrence Township is one of those communities and has a long history of supporting strong public schools, evidenced in part by the facilities built years ago to carry out the core mission of educating all of our talented and diverse students.
Community meetings took place in March at both high schools, outlining the rationale for the referendum, the proposed work, and projected impact on taxpayers. The Board of Education voted in an open and public session on this proposed project and financing on May 6, 2019. Referendum funds will be used to address facility needs at Lawrence Central High School (LC), Lawrence North High School (LN), Brook Park Elementary, Forest Glen Elementary, Oaklandon Elementary, Winding Ridge Elementary, and the four Early Learning Centers.
Total investment for the project is $191M. This debt would be repaid over the course of 20 years at a rate of $.2499 per $100 of assessed valuation. The public question on the November 5, 2019 ballot will read:
"Shall the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, Marion County, Indiana, issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the 2019 HS/ES/ELC Facility Improvement Project which includes expansion, restoration and renovation work at both existing high schools, four elementary schools and four existing early learning centers and which is estimated to cost not more than $191,000,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by $0.2499 per $100 of assessed valuation?"
Built in 1963, LC has not had a major renovation since 1993. LN, built in 1976, has never had a major renovation. Structural issues, safety improvements, and twenty-first century learning environments necessitate action to ensure that schools mirror the excellence expected in the Lawrence Township community. Please note that while middle school renovations are not a part of this proposed referendum project, they are still scheduled to take place in 2023 as part of the Blue-Ribbon Facilities Plan, and will be completed without any increase in the district’s current debt service fund tax rate.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Director of Communications, Dr. Dana Altemeyer.