The Palmyra-Eagle Area School District has been extensively researching, reviewing, and prioritizing district needs for nearly two years, and district residents have been providing input from the start. A comprehensive facilities study in 2010 identified approximately $11 million in basic building needs, not including technology. To address the study’s findings, the Community Advisory Team (CAT) was formed. After analyzing the results of a community-wide survey at the end of 2011, the CAT and the school board prioritized the list down to $6.45 million of the most urgent needs.
In January 2012, the school board committed to present school district residents with two separate referendum questions concerning facilities and operational needs on the fall general election ballot, which will be held November 6.
The first referendum question—to fund district operations—requests permission to exceed the state revenue limit to maintain educational programs, services, and class sizes provided to our students at all grade levels. (The state limits the amount of money a school district can take in from state aid and property taxes.)
The second referendum question requests permission to borrow funds (a bond issue), $6,450,000 to be repaid over 20 years, to address immediate facility and technology needs, primarily at our two aging elementary schools.
For more more information about the referendums, read the Frequently Asked Questions, and click on the other links on the right as well. Check back often for updates.
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