By Sam Elliott
The Zionsville Town Council voiced its support for the town’s school district as it unanimously passed a proclamation supporting Zionsville Community Schools’ upcoming ballot referendum during its regular monthly meeting Oct. 5 at town hall.
The schools’ current referendum, passed in 2012, expires at the end of the year. The proposal to voters on the November ballot extends the current referendum, at the same tax rate, for an additional six years to avoid a drastic increase in class sizes and the loss of more than 100 employees.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Hopper introduced the proclamation of support to the rest of the council.
It read, in part:
“Whereas the future of the town of Zionsville is inextricably linked to the quality of Zionsville Community Schools; and whereas Zionsville Community Schools will receive the lowest per-student funding in the state of Indiana… and whereas the loss of referendum funds would result in the loss of up to 120 teaching and support staff positions, leading to greatly increased class sizes at all levels… and whereas continuing the current referendum rate for an additional six years provides financial stability to recruit and retain the best teachers, provide student and community stability and provide stability in home values… and whereas every dollar of taxpayer investment provided by the referendum will benefit student learning and achievement in Zionsville and will not be spent on administrative overheard, buildings or facilities… Therefore, the Zionsville Town Council endorses efforts by the Zionsville Community schools to pass an operating referendum for a six-year period and pledges its support to this community.”
ZCS Supt. Scott Robison and other ZCS officials were in attendance. School board member Jane Burgess addressed the council to express thanks for the proclamation of support.
In other business, the council:
- Approved amendments to a collection of ordinances. One established timed no-parking loading zones for trucks delivering to Main Street business; one removed regulation references to the former stop signal at the intersection of Ford and Bloor, which is now a roundabout; and another made changes to the town’s snow removal rules — citizens will have until noon of the second day after a snowfall to shovel their sidewalks or could face a $50 fine.
- Approved rezoning of 1.4 acres at Creekside Corporate Park from I-3 Urban Heavy Industrial to I-2 Urban General Industrial, matching the rest of the area.
- Approved consideration for a transition plan to meet the latest Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
- Approved consideration for a charitable contributions policy for the town.