BCSC to hold public sessions on facility plans

Photo provided Part of Parkside Elemetary’s renovation included the Parkside Cafe where students dine.

Community members will soon have a chance to learn more about Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s long-term facilities plans and provide input.

“BCSC is exploring opportunities to address the need to update several facilities, meet the need for expansion, and provide upgraded facilities to match academic demand,” school officials said. “The district will host a series of sessions for the public to provide feedback on long-range solutions to these limitations.”

The session dates and locations are as follows:

  • Sept. 26 — Taylorsville Elementary
  • Sept. 27 — Southside Elementary (Tipton/Shadow Creek residents)
  • Sept. 28 — Southside Elementary
  • Oct. 3 — Rockcreek Elementary
  • Oct. 5 — Parkside Elementary

Each session will take place from 6-7 p.m., and attendees will enter via door #1 at each site. The Parkside session will also include a tour of renovations at the school.

Community members who plan to attend one of the sessions should RSVP. A link to do so is available at bcscschools.org, under the heading “Envision 2030 Information and Feedback Session RSVP”.

“Each meeting is open to any member of the public and will cover a wide range of BCSC facility upgrades,” BCSC officials said. “Host locations are intended to be spread across the district and convenient for residents. Participants will obtain information about the district’s facility-related needs, costs associated, and funding opportunities, then provide feedback which will help direct decisions made in the near future.”

BCSC announced in late July that school officials are working on a proposal for a capital referendum to potentially fund a number of facilities projects.

The school corporation’s list of potential projects has a total estimated cost of $306 million. Assistant Superintendent Chad Phillips has said that the school corporation can get close to this amount without raising the tax rate.

However, he added that individuals who are at tax caps may see an increase on their bills.

BCSC officials will bring recommendations to the school board at its next strategic planning session, said Director of Operations Brett Boezeman. This session is set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 and will be held in the BCSC administration building’s boardroom.

Where to learn more

For more information about BCSC’s proposed capital referendum, go to bcscschools.org and click on “2024 BCSC Capital Projects Website.”