Vote ‘Yes’ on May 8



The last time there was a referendum, I was an unapologetic “No” – I insisted the school find ways to cut costs. I am now convinced the school has done all it can in this economy and with the funding formula. As a result, I have decided to vote “Yes” on May 8.

In conversations with State Supt. Tony Bennett and state legislators, I was told they do not anticipate changes in the school funding formula for some time. As a result, I have concluded the only remedy our school system has is to ask the community to vote for the referendum.

The information I used to come to this conclusion is publicly available. I encourage our community to find the facts, not depend on what others are saying.

Douglas Rapp, 46077



  1. By the way, Mr. Rapp, did you happen to ask Dr. Bennett, also the Chairman of Indiana State Board of Eduction, about the Citizens’ Checklist the Indiana State Board of Education sent to all schools?

    “”The Indiana State Board of Education formally adopted the Citizens’ Checklist to be utilized by local school communities as they move to make adjustments to respond to lower state tuition support funding as a result of the State’s declining revenues. Conversations at the local level should include participation of school board members, the district’s leadership team, teachers’ association, and the community. The Citizens’ Checklist outlines a series of adjustments that all stakeholders in K-12 education should consider, discuss and implement in order to avoid or minimize any reduction in teaching staff that affects classroom instruction and learning.”’

    It will be very interesting to see what Dr. Bennett says.

  2. Tom Hallett on

    One thing that hasn’t changed about increasing the tax burden on Zionsville residents that seems to have eluded Mr. Rapp is that residents on fixed incomes, such as seniors and retirees, have no way to pay this extra tax. Their living standards will go down to pay for this bailout. The 40% of voters who thought this was a good idea in 2010 had a chance to step up and put their money where theie mouth was by contributing to Steve Freeland’s 16-90 effort last year. The money raised was far far short of full participation of the 40%. Hypocrites or sour grapes; you decide. Any benefit homeowners percieve to home values from better schools is surely offset by Zionsville becoming a high tax area. The real problem is result of poor decisions by local government, not because we are taxed too little.

  3. Rodney Miller on

    Our country was founded on the principle that every child have a right to a quality education. The “burden” in this state is far lower than neighbors to east and west and this is a reason we see those license plates on the streets of Zionsville. We selected this area because it had small town feel and the school reputation, which upholds property values and makes for a vibrant community. Parents are burdened with all the non-scholastic fees and dues. To the “No” crowd, there is always some room for improvement, but to ensure we retain real estate and quality of life for our community I believe a “Yes” vote is in order. Set an example for this upcoming generation, about the importance of education and community. Show that in a “small” town, you are good citizens and believe in their future.

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