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Education

Elmhurst District 205 board postpones referendum vote after superintendent applies for other job

The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education holds its Aug. 14 meeting, where it decided to delay a vote on the proposed facilities referendum after learning Superintendent David Moyer applied for a superintendent position in another district.
The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education holds its Aug. 14 meeting, where it decided to delay a vote on the proposed facilities referendum after learning Superintendent David Moyer applied for a superintendent position in another district.

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education has delayed its decision on whether to go to referendum for facilities funding until it meets Aug. 20, which is the last day it can add a referendum to the Nov. 6 election ballot.

The decision came after the board learned Superintendent David Moyer applied for a superintendent position in another school district, board President Kara Caforio announced at the Aug. 14 board meeting.

"Within the last 24 hours, the board has learned that Superintendent Dr. David Moyer recently applied for a superintendent's position in a large, out-of-state district," Caforio read from a prepared statement. "Dr. Moyer has since withdrawn from the preliminary search. However, the board wants time to further discuss his commitment to District 205. As a result, the board will postpone its vote on the referendum until Monday, Aug. 20. While we, the board, believe this is the community’s referendum, we want to ensure its leader is committed to District 205 at this time."

An Aug. 11 article in The Columbus Dispatch listed Moyer as one of the applicants for superintendent of Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio.

Moyer declined to comment after the board meeting regarding the board's decision or his application. Caforio could not be reached following the meeting.

The board scheduled a special closed session meeting for 8 a.m. Aug. 17 to review "the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body." The board's Aug. 20 meeting will begin with a closed session meeting at 6 p.m., with an open session to follow.

According to the Aug. 14 meeting agenda packet, the proposed referendum question would ask if the school district should "build and equip two school buildings to replace the Field and Lincoln Elementary School Buildings; build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including but not limited to improving security, providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) facilities, improving energy-efficiency and technology infrastructure and adding classrooms for full-day kindergarten; improve sites; acquire, improve and equip a building for educational purposes and acquire the site thereof" by issuing $168.5 million in school building bonds.

That sum would involve district residents paying $29.80 annually per $100,000 of their home value, according to district estimates.

If the district does not have a successful referendum, it would need to pull from the operations and maintenance fund – one of five district operating funds, which are limited by tax laws – in order to fulfill the basic maintenance needs that would cost $26.1 million for the next 10 years, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Chris Whelton said at the Aug. 8 school board meeting.

Whelton said the revenue going to the education fund also would need to be reduced in order to increase the operations and maintenance fund revenue.

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