2020 Proposed NAFCS Student & Staff Security Referendum
June 2nd, 2020 Primary Election
Why is a referendum being initiated?
Societal safety concerns are changing. Today’s students are facing increased pressure and influence from social media, as well as being exposed to trauma-inducing situations like homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, family violence, depression, and anxiety.
We’ve been the fortunate recipient of the Lilly grant, which has allowed us to place mental health therapists in every school. We’ve also been able to enlist behaviorists and social workers, and over 700 students are currently receiving assistance. However, this grant expires in 2022.
A new referendum law was introduced on July 1, 2019 by the Indiana General Assembly that allows for local referendum elections at a maximum rate of 0.10 for eight consecutive years. This money can be used on the following:
- Employ school resource officer (SRO)
- Conduct a threat assessment
- Update school safety plan
- Develop or update school emergency response systems
- Purchase equipment to improve safety of school building grounds or buses
- Establish a school safety office
- Improve the safety of a school building
- Establish programs addressing mental illness, addiction, anger management, bullying and/or school violence
- Professional development for staff
How will this impact my taxes?
- State average property tax $1.06
- High $3.08
- Low $0.51
- NAFCS: $0.99
Hypothetically, here is how you can expect the referendum to impact your taxes based on your property value:
Assessed Value .085 cents = Total estimate 3.1 million (70% Social/Emotional, 30% Securing/Hardening)$100,000 = $27.84 a year$250,000 = $110.70 a year
How will the money be spent?
Mental Health Therapists (after referendum, 16 therapists)
– Currently have mental health therapists in 14 (Lilly Grant) schools servicing over 350 students. The therapist focuses on the “why” of a student behavior.
Behaviorists (after referendum, 12 behaviorists)
– Currently have 8 behaviorists (Lilly grant) in 8 schools servicing over 250 students. The behaviorist focuses on the “how” a student should behave in school.
Social Workers (after referendum, 7 social workers)
– Currently have 4 Social workers providing the following services to our students and families.
Assist in student attendance
Connect families with mental health therapists within schools or community
Resources for families such as rent, utilities, other community resources needed
Insurance assistance, social security office, food stamps, birth certificates, ID
DCS reports/collaboration for support
Case Managers (after referendum, 3 case workers)
– Case managers would work with the therapists to connect families to services (insurance, etc.).
Safety Office (after referendum, 2 to 3 staff members)
– Currently is shared among several different central office staff. This would provide a central coordinator that focuses primarily on school safety.
SROs (after referendum, 8 to 9 SROs)
– School resource officers we currently have 6 (Operational fund) SROs serving our secondary schools.
Mental Health Clinician (after referendum, 1 staff member)
– This position (position currently does not exist) will provide support to students with suicidal ideation tendencies.
Homebound / Alternative Education (after referendum, 1 staff member)
– This position (position currently does not exist) would oversee the K-12 homebound and alternative education programs.
Prevention Curriculum / Staff training
– Provide training for staff members and the purchase of preventive curriculum on bullying and drug and alcohol abuse.
Securing and hardening of our facilities
– Possible expenditures:
Access control expansion
School bus telemetric
Security camera expansion
Laminate glass / Bollards
Exterior door replacement
Mass messaging system