As one of the lowest school district-taxing entities in Indiana, we have a proven record of being fiscally responsible and only asking for the funds we need. Funds that will keep MCCSC great and meet the high-quality educational expectations set by our parents, students, community members and business leaders.
Community engagement is key to the process the Board of Trustees has used to determine the amount to ask residents for in a November referendum. This engagement has taken many forms.
Public opinion survey
To help determine a levy amount that the community can support, we conducted a community survey in fall 2021 and a follow-up survey in the spring of 2022. Both surveys showed strong support for increasing the levy based on inflation and inadequate state funding.
Referendum Advisory Committee
We formed a 25-member Referendum Advisory Committee made up of community members and school staff who reviewed our financial situation in detail. Members included pastors, elected officials, business leaders, leaders of non-profit organizations, IU administrators and professors, and more. The group met four times this spring to get a deeper understanding of school finance, MCCSC mission and goals, and to provide feedback on options for different referendum plans.
Staff and parents
Principals at each school have been meeting with staff members and Parent Teacher Organization members to provide information and receive feedback.
District administrators led community meetings online and in-person in May at some school buildings to share information and receive feedback. Superintendent Hauswald has been meeting with community groups, including the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary, and many others.
See presentations, meeting summaries, names of the members of the Referendum Advisory Committee and more at our website.