Some Chillicothe residents have a better understanding tonight of why school officials believe improvements in the ISD are worth a tax increase.
Chillicothe residents gathered Tuesday night for a Chillicothe ISD town hall meeting in hopes of learning more about structural issues the district faces that resulted in the school board approving a bond for voters. Superintendent Todd Wilson felt this meeting was necessary.
“We wanted to make sure that our community members were informed as well and so we have scheduled three separate community opportunities to gather information,” Wilson said.
The first meeting was about three weeks ago, the final one will be on April 29, 2019. Chillicothe ISD has just over 200 students in the district with two school buildings. Wilson said with the growth of their vocational agricultural program and lack of size, the committee feels changes need to be made.
“We needed just expanded classrooms space and by that committee decision,” Wilson said. “Through that, they felt a new cafeteria would allow us to one have a larger cafeteria but then also use the existing footprint of our current cafeteria and turn that into approximately three classrooms.”
Parent of a Chillicothe ISD student, Delores Flores agrees these upgrades are necessary.
“I just seem to think this is a long time coming,” Flores said. “They need the space. They need the new technology that we are going to be able to provide for them if this bond is passed.”
With only one town hall left, district leaders are hoping residents support them at the ballot box on election day.
If the bond is passed, Chillicothe residents will see a $.13 tax increase per hundred dollars of assessed valuation. Early voting starts April 22, 2019, before the municipal election on May 4, 2019.