November 4th is just around the corner. Please vote. Question #9 asks Cranston voters to approve a $15 million dollar bond for health and safety issues related to the school buildings.
You may have a question about this bond so here are some frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not on this list, please send it to me. I will respond and add your question to this list.
Frequently asked questions
What is the total amount for the bond issue?
The bond referendum seeks voter approval on November 4 for the issuance of bonds not to exceed $15,000,000 to complete safety and renovation repairs on school facilities. If 50% of the bond is allowed in the first five years, the city will be reimbursed 52 cents for every dollar spent on construction.
Why do we need these repairs?
Though well maintained many of our buildings are old. 20 buildings are 50 years old or more with the Briggs building (part of CHSE) being 94 years old. The youngest building is Orchard Farms that just celebrated its 10th birthday.
It is our intent to maintain a quality learning environment for our students. Children are not the only ones who benefit from good schools. The social and economic strength of a community are greatly influenced by the quality of the school system. Good schools mean well prepared citizens, a strong labor market and an inviting atmosphere for living and working.
When do I vote?
The general election is on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
How does the bond question appear on the ballot?
Cranston has two separate ballots. One where you vote for the candidates and the other include both local and state bond referendums. The Cranston ballot falls under the local referendum – question #9. Please remember there are two ballots.
What will the bond proposal fund?
CPS is committed to ensuring taxpayers' dollars are well spent. The budget for each project is for a scope of work, not a specific dollar amount. Should the renovations be completed at lower cost that money will be returned to the bond program, not the school building?
What buildings will be renovated and repaired? How old are the buildings?
How will student safety be ensured during construction?
The plan is for all construction work to be done during the summer months when the schools are not being used. It is the plan to start work the day school is completed for the year. Every effort will be make sure the work is completed during the summer. In all instances, the distinct will ensure student safety and security is maintained and the academic and sports programs aren’t compromised.
Who should I contact if I have a question about the bond?
You are welcome to call: Judy Lundsten, Superintendent, 270-8143.
Visit the district website at www.cpsed.net
How will CPS communicate progress if the bond is approved?
Please check the website regularly for updates and information on our progress.