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Voters to decide on Forest Hills Public School proposal

A proposal to raise $45 million for technology, security and buses will appear on ballots on November 5.
The proposal would include school bus replacement as necessary

The proposal would include school bus replacement as necessary /Steven Depolo

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Election Information

Election Day: November 5

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On November 5, voters will have the opportunity to decide on a bond proposal that would allow Forest Hills Public Schools to borrow up to $45 million dollars over the next six to eight years.

The proposal would require an additional tax of .38 mil. For property owners, this would mean that for every taxable $1,000 of their property's value, $.38 would be taken out to be put towards the school district. Older bonds are retiring at this time, so if this initiative were to pass, property taxes would remain the same. If it did not pass, citizens could expect property taxes to decrease by .38 mills.

There are three main focuses to this proposal that include safety and security, technology and building improvement needs. Technology is the main focus as the school looks to expand the number and variety of educational technology available to students and teachers.

Many other possible changes include securing the main entrances at Goodwillie Environmental School, Eastern Middle School and Eastern High School. This will ensure that all visitors must pass through the main entrance and office area to enter the school.

School buses that need to be replaced may be replaced with the money this initiative would offer as well as repairing turf fields, tennis courts and parking lots. As fixtures get replaced, the school district looks to use more sustainable parts. This would include boilers, chillers, lighting and fresh air handling equipment.

All these components make up the proposal that citizens will have the opportunity to vote on. For more information, you can visit the Forest Hills Public Schools website. There will also be two public forums to learn more on October 22 at 7:00 p.m. (Central Woodlands, 400 Alta Dale SE) or October 24 at 2:00 p.m. (Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Avenue SE).

"Whether we are parents, community members, teachers or staff, we are united in our community's committment to our children," states Forest Hills Public Schools' informational video. "Working together, we will continue to make Forest Hills a great place to live, work learn and grow."

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