A two-question referendum is proposed for Nov. 5, 2019, one question to build an elementary school, add on to the high school, and perform maintenance and renovations at all schools; the second question would extend our current operating levy by eight years.
We propose to build a new elementary school, add 32 classrooms to the high school, and facilitate long-term maintenance, repairs and renovation at each of our buildings, affecting the 1.6 million square feet ZCS uses to educate more than 7,000 students. The proposed facilities tax rate of (19.69 cents) would still bring the aggregate school tax rate to a lower level than in the current year. (To $1.268 from this year’s $1.298). The rate will decrease because previous building bonds are being paid off.
We propose to extend the current Operating referendum at the same maximum tax rate of 24.4 cents for eight years. This is an extension of the same rate that was originally authorized in 2012 and extended in 2015. One hundred percent of the levy derived from this tax rate goes to classroom teachers, counselors and other specialists like speech and hearing teachers. This maintains reasonable class sizes and allows us to continue providing top notch education to a growing community.
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The new elementary school is proposed by 2022 while the high school classroom space is expected to open by 2023-2024. All facility and enrollment capacities are based on deep studies so the timeline is based on addressing the most immediate needs first while also providing care for other campuses across the district.