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Boone Township Superintendent Disappointed With Vote

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Five of the seven Indiana school corporations appealing to voters for additional funding succeeded at the ballot box Tuesday. Most of the approved referenda passed by substantial margins. But at least one race was much closer. As StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports, every vote counted in a campaign to raise additional funds for schools in Boone Township.

Four more votes. That’s all it would have taken to tie a close election in Porter County Tuesday night. The Metropolitan School District of Boone Township asked voters to approve a 23-cent tax levy increase. Five hundred forty-three said yes, 547 said no.

Boone Township already has one of the highest tax rates in the state — nearly two and a half dollars per $100 of assessed valuation. But Superintendent George Letz says it hasn’t been enough to make up a shortfall in funding from the state.

Once again, funding for education depends on where you live, and I don’t know why the legislature does not ever get that point across that there’s still unequal funding in the school districts of Indiana.
 
Letz says Boone Township has tried to solve its money troubles with budget cuts. This year the district courted 80 students from outside its boundaries so it would receive additional funding in transfer tuition. Now Letz says he’ll have to cut nine teachers to make up the difference.

The Knox Community School Corporation also saw its referendum fail Tuesday. The district had hoped to add a new wing to its elementary school that was constructed in the 1950s.

But voters in Hamilton Southeastern, Noblesville, Barr-Reeve, Munster and Union Township all approved their local districts’ proposals.

For StateImpact Indiana, I’m Elle Moxley.

 

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