BCSC to propose using a portion of referendum funding for STEM labs

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. plans to use extra dollars from its operating referendum to help fund a change to STEM labs at elementary schools.

The district is planning to convert the STEM labs into a full specials rotation similar to art, music or physical education with certified teachers, starting this fall.

The annual cost of salaries, benefits and supplies will be approximately $800,000, said Assistant Superintendent Chad Phillips. About half of this will be funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for the next several years, and the other half will come from referendum funds.

This will require an additional appropriation from the operating referendum for 2022, which the board will consider at its next meeting on Feb. 7. There will also be a public hearing on the request prior to approval.

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