Frequently asked questions.
WHEN IS THE REFERENDUM?
The referendum is on August 9, but early voting will begin June 24. All residents have the opportunity to vote before August 9 via absentee ballot.
WHO CAN VOTE ON THE REFERENDUM?
Anyone who is a U.S. citizen and is at least 18 years old on or before August 9, 2022, can vote in this upcoming election.
WHAT IS THE COST IMPACT TO ME?
If approved, the tax increase for the average homeowner ($178,000) would be about $29 per month for question 1 and about $4 per month for question 2. Calculate your tax impact.
WHY DO YOU NEED A NEW EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER WHEN THERE IS ALREADY A DEF BUILDING?
The early childhood center would be built specifically for our youngest learners. Creating a purpose-built early childhood center helps provide the best learning experience for our youngest learners. An early childhood center at the Cold Spring campus also provides opportunities for alignment with kindergarten and other elementary staff classrooms. It also creates efficiencies for staffing, kitchen, and maintenance by sharing a location with Cold Spring Elementary, RMS, and RHS.
HOW DOES THE $15 MILLION DONATION WORK?
Question 1 in the referendum must pass in order for voters to consider and approve Question 2. Question 2 has to pass in order for the gift to be applied to the referendum.
HOW COULD YOU AFFORD A NEW STADIUM IF THERE IS A LACK OF FUNDING?
The stadium improvements at the Cold Spring campus were entirely funded by a private donation. The School District did not contribute funding to the project. When completed, the facilities were donated to the District with no strings attached.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO A CITIZEN WITH NO CHILDREN IN THE DISTRICT?
Strong schools are part of a strong community. These facility improvements will replace aging mechanical systems where it is badly needed, as well as allowing us to offer more opportunities for our students and the community. In addition, if question 2 passes, we will have a multi-purpose community center for people of all ages to use and enjoy.
Why does ROCORI accept open-enrolled students?
There are many benefits to a school district in allowing open enrollment of non-resident students. All open-enrolled students bring their full state aid to ROCORI, and the overall cost of an open-enrolled student is less than the state aid they bring with them. This excess amount of aid benefits all ROCORI enrolled students.
What has ROCORI done to control open-enrollment of non-resident students?
For the past 2 years, ROCORI has placed enrollment caps at grade levels and grade bands. This allows our district to control class sizes and enrollment to continue to provide rich programming while maintaining our class size policy.