Why Address these Challenges Now?

Now is the time to address our challenges, for these key reasons:

  1. Our schools are nearly full, and we need more room to address enrollment growth. Our schools need the space and facilities to provide high quality education to an estimated 1,100 students per grade level, with a more exact number likely from an updated demographic report due later in the Fall of 2021.
  2. Franklin Central High School’s core is almost 50 years old and – like a 50-year-old home – requires extensive replacements and upgrades in heating, plumbing and electrical systems and roofing.
  3. These structural upgrades and improvements, along with additional space for a growing enrollment, are needs that will persist. A delay in addressing them will not make the needs disappear but will result in more costly solutions later because of general inflation and substantial increases in construction and material costs, which have been exacerbated by supply chain issues.
  4. FTCSC is among the top performing school districts in Indiana. An investment now keeps our schools competitive, and strong schools equal strong property values. ALL school corporations in Marion County have approved referenda with the exception of FTCSC, allowing the likes of Warren Township, Perry Township, Indianapolis Public Schools, Beech Grove, Pike Township, Wayne Township, Washington Township, Lawrence Township and others to build facilities to address growth.

(This article updated 10/20/21)