Culver School Board Explores Referendum Possibility During Study Session

The Culver School Board is gathering information about a potential operational referendum. During a study session Monday, board members learned about the referendum process from representatives from accounting firm Umbaugh and Associates and law firm Ice Miller.

An operational referendum is designed to help a school corporation supplement its General Fund, which pays for things like teacher salaries. During Monday’s study session, Ice Miller Attorney Jane Herndon explained that a referendum tax could be added for up to an eight-year period. She also discussed some strategies for gathering voters’ support.

Superintendent Karen Shuman says part of the reason the school corporation is exploring a referendum is to make sure it’s able to offer programs that will encourage families to move to Culver, at a time when new housing developments are being planned.

Locally, the Oregon-Davis School Corporation has a referendum on the May 8 ballot. Similar measures failed at Argos Community Schools in 2016 and North Judson-San Pierre in 2015.