Noblesville to Seek $50 Million Referendum to Improve School Safety

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On May 25th Noblesville West Middle School was the site of a school shooting. There were only two injuries but if not for the actions of a courageous teacher, there may have been a significantly larger number of casualties.

Noblesville is trying to make sure that such an incident doesn’t happen again. The school board voted to seek a $50 million referendum in order to improve school safety within the district. This referendum would be for the November 6 ballot. Currently, the tax rate is 18.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. This referendum would raise it to 37 cents.

Noblesville Schools recently held a forum where they outlined some of the key changes that they intend to make. Most of them centered around detection and prevention as opposed to hardening all of the buildings. This includes better mental health services, and security monitoring systems.  

Noblesville will take advantage of Gov. Holcomb’s offer to provide metal detectors to schools but has said they will only use them in cases “where reasonable suspicion exist.”

Noblesville is not the only large Indiana district seeking increased funding through referendum. Indianapolis Public Schools recently voted in favor of a $220 million referendum.

See the video of the Noblesville safety forum below.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.