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Understanding Frontier School Corporation's Referendum

The Frontier School Corporation wants voters to hit the polls on Tuesday but not everyone understands what they'll see on the ballot.

Posted: May 2, 2019 7:00 PM

BROOKSTON, Ind. (WLFI) — Frontier's referendum is the talk of the town.

"As you drive through town, you'll see lots of signs," said Becky Lehe.

She owns B Boutique in Brookston. Lehe said she's heard mostly positive comments about the referendum.

"Just a few negatives," said Lehe.

However, she's voting yes. Lehe thinks more money for schools will only enhance the area.

"We've got a great town, we've got a great community, let's keep our schools great," said Lehe.

Frontier School Corporation Superintendent Daniel Sichting said he isn't telling people how to vote.

"But I want people to be informed," said Sichting.

He said the referendum doesn't raise taxes. It replaces a previous tax but if you receive a circuit breaker or supplemental mortgage credit, you might have to pay more.

"Last year, there were only 106 parcels of land in our school corporation that got those credits," said Sichting.

The amount those people will pay depends on the value of their home.

"I would urge those people who are concerned to call the White County Auditor's Office and ask for the credits that they receive in terms of property tax," Sichting.

However, Lehe said an investment in schools is an investment in your property value.

"We need a reason to attract new teachers and keep good teachers," said Lehe. 

This estimated 669,000 referendum would go toward teacher and non-certified employee salaries and benefits.

"Most people could go to McDonald's and make 11-12 dollars per hour," said Sichting.

However, school secretaries, cafeteria workers and instructional assistants are only making eight dollars per hour, which is less than every other school corporation in the area.

"We're having a hard time recruiting those people," said Sichting.

He said they are having an even harder time retaining.

"You want to see a stable staff because that way your achievement at your school can grow," said Sichting.

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