Lawmakers are considering restrictions on how often schools in need of additional funding can propose referendum measures to local taxpayers, and education groups are once again pushing back on the proposal.

Right now, schools can propose referenda twice a year and in school-funded special elections, but lawmakers added a proposal into a bill this week that would limit those to general elections – about once every two years.

All IN: School Referendums

Oct 31, 2019

This Tuesday is Election Day, and there's a good chance you'll see a school referendum on your ballot. Today on All IN, we break down how much money districts are asking for, what they want to do with it, and what is could mean for schools across the state.

State lawmakers have pointed to school referendum measures as one way to raise teachers’ pay, and a new state analysis reveals just how much teacher pay has increased in districts with voter-approved funding.

Calls for bolstering safety at Indiana’s schools increased in the wake of the May 25 shooting at Noblesville Middle School West. Lawmakers responded by creating loans of up to $500,000 for safety initiatives and the Governor’s office offered free metal detectors to schools.

But communities and schools leaders have sought more expansive actions, from hiring armed resource officers to installing new closed-circuit systems in school.

Voters Consider Extending West Lafayette School Tax

May 2, 2017
Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA News

Voter turnout has been slow, but steady for Tuesday’s ballot question on extending an extra property tax for the West Lafayette Community Schools.

Sporting shimmering red athletic shoes, a red coat, gray sweater and gray and red ball cap, Superintendent Rocky Killion was the embodiment of a Red Devil fan.  

It’s what he wears to school on Fridays – spirit days – and game days. 

Warsaw Community Schools /

Early voting on a funding question benefiting West Lafayette schools ended Monday at noon and has, so far, garnered little interest.

But election officials say that may be because there appears to be so little opposition to it.

County Clerk Christa Coffey says landlords – who’d have to pay increased property taxes on all their buildings if the vote passes Tuesday – are more ambivalent now than they were seven years ago when voters approved the first tax hike.

Bartholomew County Bucking State's Voter Apathy Trend?

Nov 4, 2014
Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA News

It appears there’s at least one Indiana county where early voter turnout wasn’t alarmingly low. In Bartholomew County, Clerk Tami Hines says the number of absentee votes is up almost 300 compared to the mid-term election four years ago and more than 600 votes compared to 2006.

Hines says the apparent enthusiasm also extended to poll workers this morning.    Mary Glasson, 92, was a poll worker for many years and retired.

The Crawfordsville Community School Corporation is looking to rebuild one of its facilities.

The district wants to construct a new Tuttle Middle School.

Superintendent Kathy Steele says the 50-year-old building is deteriorating and is overdue for improvements.

The estimated cost of the project is $35-million.

The district is hoping to put a referendum on the May ballot.

Steele says if it passes, there will be no increased expense for residents because the High School is going off of the tax rate this year.