2. Elkhart Community Schools has been irresponsible with the funds they already have! They rented a building in downtown Elkhart, and now can’t even use it. This building is costing them (us really as it is our tax money) nearly $24,000 a month for 23 months. Want more proof? The school system came in $1 million under budget on the roofs they had to fix (with money from the last referendum), and rather than utilize this money to plan for the future, they spent it on things like electronic marquis signs for several of the schools. Finally, Elkhart Community Schools, just 1 year ago, gave the Elkhart Aquatic Center a $6 million donation! These funds are funds that they now are asking for us to repay back in the form of this new $20 million referendum. Why should we pay more so they can have their name on a building as a “partner”? Worse yet, ECS students and their families don’t even benefit from this donation in the way of free entry to the center.
3. Elkhart Community Schools refuses to make the needed cuts to bring themselves in line with surrounding districts. Penn Harris Madison, a neighboring school corporation, has 10 admin employees making $100,000 or more. South Bend Schools? Just 2 making $100K or more. Elkhart Community Schools has 27! That is roughly $1.7 million a year in payroll that could be saved over the life of this 8 year referendum ($13.6 million).