At Valley Central, we work every day to create a school district that the community can be proud of – a great place for children to learn and grow and for our community to come together. On May 16, District residents will go to the polls to vote on a $125,850,000 proposed budget for the 2023-2024 school year. With the proposed tax levy at 0.92%, the budget requires a simple majority for approval. We have worked diligently to develop a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that supports educational programs, accounts for rising costs, preserves an adequate fund balance and is mindful of the financial impact to taxpayers, while at the same time ensuring the stability and the long-term health of our schools.
This year, the voters will also consider two capital project propositions. Proposition 2 focuses on health and safety, including new security vestibules, necessary facility upgrades and improvements at each school at no tax impact to the community. Proposition 3 includes renovations to the science classrooms at the High School and technology classrooms at the Middle School, additional renovations at Berea Elementary school that will relocate the main office and Kindergarten classrooms to provide for enhanced security, upgrades to the library at Montgomery Elementary School, and additional facility upgrades at other District buildings. Proposition 2 must pass in order for Proposition 3 to pass. These capital project improvements will enhance our students’ learning environment, address security and safety concerns, and benefit the community for years to come. Since the District receives approximately 76% building aid on eligible project expenses and will utilize capital reserve funds and fund balance, both capital project propositions totaling $46,595,000 are estimated to cost the average homeowner less than $2.00 per month. Proposition 4 will establish a new capital reserve which can be funded up to $15,000,000 for up to 10 years. This new reserve will help the District save for future capital expenditures.
Thank you for your continued support of our students, faculty and families. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 16, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Valley Central High School.