Here are a few things you need to know about the upcoming millage renewal:
- Election Day is Tuesday, June 13th. Early voting is June 6-9.
- The issue is a 13 year extension of a current millage.
- There is no change to your tax rate.
- The extension will generate about $65 million.
- The funds will be used to build a new Sylvan Hills High School complex.
- If this passes, construction would begin in the fall of 2017 and the school would ready in the fall of 2019.
- The school was built in 1967 for 850 students. Currently there are almost 1,500 students. About 365 high school students have been moved to a Freshman Campus to help alleviate the overcrowding.
- Sylvan Hills Middle opened 5 years ago and is overcrowded. Enrollment has gone from about 600 to over 1100.
- The area is growing.
- More students at SHHS means more money for the district.
- In 2010-11, Oak Grove High School's enrollment was 492. The first year Maumelle High School opened, the enrollment was 887. With that increased enrollment, at $6,646 per student, we received an additional $2,625,170. Each year the enrollment has increased. This year enrollment at MHS is 1,066 – that is 574 more students than what were enrolled at OGHS its final year, an increase of $3,814,804 this year.
- The increased enrollment at SHHS will have the same effect. If we don’t build the new school, there will be people who don’t want their students in a school with 19 portable buildings. We will lose the potential to grow SHHS and therefore lose the money that goes to the entire district.
- Currently PCSSD is building a new Wilbur D. Mills Universiy Studies High School and will renovate the old high school to provide a better and safer location for Fuller Middle School.
- A new Joe T. Robinson Middle is under construction. Hopefully, the new campus will have the same positive impact and enrollment will increase.
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