EVANSVILLE—Two Evansville School District referendums passed with 55 percent of the vote Tuesday, allowing the district to spend an additional $4.57 million over the next five years.
The first referendum question asked for $2.25 million to buy new curriculum and technology. The second question sought $2.32 million for safety and security items and facility maintenance.
“We were ecstatic,” Superintendent Jerry Roth said of the board members and administrators who gathered in the district office Tuesday night. “We’re extremely pleased that the public is supporting our students and our school district, especially in light of owing $20 million on our 2000 referendum.”
Both questions won by more than 400 votes. The results prove the community supports its schools, Roth said.
He called the result a “pretty sound decision.”
The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $104.37 more per year.
Here’s how the spending will break down:
—$900,000 on curriculum across all grade levels and subjects. Roth said a committee of teachers will be formed to look at curriculum resources, and vendors will be asked to explain their products.
“Then we’ll choose those resources that best fit our local needs,” he said.
—$1.35 million on technology, including upgrading wireless infrastructure, adding 630 computing devices and adding 78 classroom projectors.
Upgrading the wireless network will begin this school year, Roth said. The high school has the greatest wireless coverage, but it doesn’t have the desired load capacity. Wireless will be added and upgraded to the elementary and intermediate schools and upgraded at the middle school.
—$302,000 on safety and security, including 15 cameras for each school and for securing the main office entrances. Electronic buzzers and cameras will be added to all front entrances before the start of school next fall, Roth said.
—$2.01 million on maintenance, including $1.43 million for roofing upgrades at the Grove campus. A detailed plan hasn’t been developed, Roth said, but roofing projects likely would start next summer.