Logical consequences if the referendum questions are not approved
The Fit for the Future referendum is based on a series of recommendations developed by a 32-member community task force. It took ten months of study, including tours of all five high school buildings, to bring consensus to the list of recommended projects. Should voters reject the referendum, the conditions identified by the task force will continue.
The three focus areas of the Fit for the Future plan – safety and security, space, and quality maintenance improvements – would not be met. Among the logical consequences of the referendum failing: schools will grow increasingly crowded; attempts to set new attendance boundaries will be short lived and ineffective; and additional portable classrooms may be necessary to meet space needs. Essentially, schools will continue to age without the space or resources demanded by learners.
Examples of what students may face if voters fail to approve the questions:
- The 62 portable classrooms in use throughout the district, will continue to pose safety and security risks to thousands of students. Even so, additional portable classrooms may be necessary to meet space needs.
- Projects to improve security at school entrances will not proceed.
- Crowded conditions and large class sizes will continue at all levels, but most especially at the elementary level.
- Districtwide boundary adjustments would be short term and continually reassessed due to limited space.
- School buildings and learning resources will continue to age and become less relevant. This will limit options for students, particularly in science labs and media centers.
- Limited space for physical education classes and activities will persist. To meet the need, either additional space will be leased or students will be denied access to requested classes.