Manchester Community Schools referendum for school safety on ballot

A referendum on the ballot in November will ask voters to approve or deny the $15.7 projects.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 10:18 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2018 10:19 PM

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WFFT) - Manchester Community Schools is looking at ways to improve security at its schools.

That requires many construction projects.

A referendum on the ballot in November will ask voters to approve or deny the $15.7 projects.

Projects include moving school offices to the front of the schools.

"A lot of times they put the the offices in the middle of the building because they thought that way the principals could be accessible to the kids and the teachers," said MCS interim superintendent Mike Pettibone.

Another area of concern is securing junior high students who walk across the parking lot between the administration building and the high school.

Pettibone said one option would be building a field house in the parking lot.

This would fix many issues the district has.

"In today's world, with the multiple sports of males and females, and games being scheduled, it's hard to operate with one gym," Pettibone.

The project would raise taxes.

According to a calculator on the district's website, taxpayers could expect to pay an extra $70 a year on a home with assed value of $100,000.

If voters reject the proposal, the district will go back to the drawing board.

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