Why Vote Yes
As the trend of violence and mental health concerns in schools continues to rise, the School Safety Referendum will add important layers to existing school safety programs.
School safety is good for the community AND property values. A recent study at the University of Illinois showed that after a high profile school shooting, property values dropped on average 7.8% and remained that way for at least 5 years.
Referendum funding comes from property taxes. This referendum will not exceed $.05 per $100 dollars of assessed value.
For a $250,000 home this means approximately $65/year
For a $500,000 home $146/year
For a $750,000 home $233/year
Link to the School District’s Calculator: https://www.ccs.k12.in.us/about/school-safety-referendum/tax-calculator
Why add School Resource Officers? Currently SROs are shared between the middle and elementary schools. This means that each SRO floats between 4 or 5 schools every day. Three officers are shared between 14 schools! SROs are trained school safety experts that act as law enforcement, teacher and mentor to students.
A study by Carleton University found that for every $1 invested in a School Resource Officer, a minimum of $11.13 of social and economic value was created including
reduced minimization of property damage
reduction in the need to call 911
Prevention of student injuries due to drug use
Increased feelings of safety among students
Increased likelihood that students needing mental health services will receive them
The referendum will bring current CCS social worker salaries to a competitive level for the area and add additional social workers. This helps to retain valuable employees that serve the needs of our students.
Why are additional mental health services important? According to a Secret Service study, 93% of school attackers displayed concerning behaviors prior to an attack and 78% presented suicidal ideation. Better access to mental health programs helps identify potentially violent students before they harm themselves or others.