Vote June 2, 2020
Important District Updates
Benton Community School Corporation Referendum Video
On March 20, 2020 Governor Holcomb moved the primary election from May 5 to June 2, 2020
Letter from the Superintendent
In January of 2018, the Northwest Indiana Times newspaper quoted Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick as saying that school referendums would become a way of life for districts across the state. "We're in it for the long haul with referendums," McCormick said. "We're going to see more and more of them." She went on to say, "If the school district is not getting enough money through the state's basic tuition support to give teachers the raises they deserve or to keep programs alive, that's the trigger to say we need more money.”
That is now the case in Benton Community School Corporation - additional revenue will allow us to keep programs alive and maintain existing class sizes. We have a structural budget deficit of approximately $2 million annually. Why? There are several factors, but the two most important are that state aid has failed to keep pace with inflation-based costs and that a trend of declining enrollment in our schools has meant a further decline in revenue from the state.
Our deficit cannot be resolved by minor cost or program cuts. Erasing a deficit of this size through spending cuts alone would require substantial cuts to staff and programs paired with substantially larger class sizes. For these reasons, the School Board is asking residents to consider a property tax increase of 31 cents per $100 assessed valuation that would allow the corporation to erase the debt and gradually build a reasonable reserve.
This website provides details about the referendum approved by our school board in February. We hope you seek information here and make an informed decision June 2.
If you have questions, I am open to a discussion with you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-884-0850.