Pass this bond measure or your school district might implode.
That’s the implied threat one Ohio superintendent issued amid a campaign to get voters to approve a bond issue.
Canton Local school district superintendent Kim Redmond wrote in a fall welcome message posted on the district’s website:
We will seek voter support in November for a new Canton South High School (and minor renovations to Walker and FMMS). Doing nothing is not an option. If there’s no investment in our buildings, eventually dissolving our district might be the way to go.
Redmond later told the Canton Repository it is unlikely the district would be dissolved if the bond fails and that she was “unaware” that her message mentioned dissolving the school district.
Our enrollment is declining because families are choosing to live in other districts where the schools are safer, technology ready, and the building configurations meet the vision of today and the future.
The mention of dissolution was intended to “create a sense of urgency” around supporting the bond issue, Redmond told the Repository.
Canton Local isn’t the first district to make bond measures and levies high stakes decisions for voters.
District officials commonly say if voters reject ballot measures, the district may institute fees for extracurricular activities, cut art, music or foreign language classes, close some schools or cut back on busing.
What has your district told you about the consequences of rejecting a school ballot measure? If the ballot failed, did those consequences take place?