Facility Needs Proposal

CPS Board of Education Passes Resolution to Pursue a $26 M Facilities Bond Referendum

Since December of 2021 the school district and its Board of Education have been engaging parents, community members, and staff in a conversation about the future of facilities for Columbus Public Schools (CPS).  Prior to the May 2023 failed bond referendum, multiple sessions were held asking permission to move forward and data and information was provided to the community.  In September 2023, CPS mailed surveys to all stakeholders who voted in the prior May 9th special election.  Survey results were analyzed and then presented at a town hall meeting on January 16, 2024 at the VFW.  At this time more information was gathered from stakeholders regarding their opinions on projects needed in our community.

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What began as a list of six projects has been narrowed down to four projects that will meet the needs of safety and security across the district and meet the needs of current space shortages due to community and enrollment growth.

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Bond Projects

  • Safety and security improvements in the District’s existing buildings to include installation of bullet resistant window coverings, cameras, and secure and controlled entrances.

  • Additions and improvements to existing elementary buildings to include dining areas and kitchens at Centennial, Emerson, North Park and West Park elementary schools.

  • Addition and improvements to the existing middle school building to include a classroom addition and remodeling of dining facilities.

  • Providing for the necessary furniture, equipment, and apparatus for such additions, renovations and improvements.

Property Tax Impact

  • Increase in Tax Levy: 4.0 Cents

  • Bond Amount: $26,000,000

  • Additional Cost Per Year: $40 per $100,000 of valuation

  • Additional Cost Per Month: $3.33 per $100,000 of valuation

  • Additional Cost Per Day: $0.11 per $100,000 of valuation

2024 Bond Projections

The result in additional Property Tax Per Year and Per Month based on valuations.

New Bond

Additional Levy






















 $ 26,000,000

4.0 Cents















Calculated from 2022-2023 Data (Piper Sandler data from February 24, 2023)