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  • District officials prepare for referendum and I Love Smyrna School District Day

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  • The annual I Love Smyrna School District Day is Saturday, Feb. 22 at Smyrna High School. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Smyrna High School is located at 500 Duck Creek Parkway.
    The day will feature mini-concerts, art shows, face painting, spin art, educational demonstrations, wellness screenings, shows by Ronald McDonald, free food and refreshments, displays, exhibits by a variety of community groups, organizations, and businesses, and the award presentations to the winners of the responsibility essay contest winners.
    The event is free and open to the community.
    Superintendent Debbie Wicks talked about I Love Smyrna School District Day Wednesday night at the Smyrna School  Board meeting. The meeting was held at Clayton Intermediate School.
    Wicks said there will be plenty for families to see and do. With the new gym, it has opened up opportunities for the district to do more at the event. Even with the extra space some people had to be turned away from the day, but a point was made to allow Smyrna and Clayton groups to participate.
    "We're very excited. It's a day to see all of our students, who will be very occupied that day," Wicks said. "Whatever you think we could have, we're going to have that day."
    Wicks said the day should be a lot of fun, and expects are large turnout.
    "People want to get out of the house and do something," Wicks said.
    Referendum is Feb. 22
    Along with I Love Smyrna School District Day will be voting for the major capital improvements and current expense referendum.
    Wicks said she and Finance Director Jerry Gallagher visited the Department of Elections to make sure the voting machines are certified. Voting will take place at Smyrna Elementary, Smyrna Middle School and the Kenton Ruritan Club. Voting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Residents who are 18 years of age and live within the Smyrna School District limits are eligible to vote. Proof of residency and identity are required. Voters can go to any of the three designated areas to vote.
    When voting, residents will vote for or against the major capital improvements referendum, and for or against the current expense referendum.
    The major capital improvements referendum is to address needs at Smyrna Elementary, Clayton Elementary, North Smyrna Elementary, John Bassett Moore Intermediate School, and the Thomas D. Clayton Building. The schools need renovations for accessibility issues, cafeteria renovations, plumbing and electrical upgrades, new HVAC systems and more, according to district officials.
    The major capital improvements referendum cost totals $4.8 million for the district, which is 33 percent of the total $14 million cost; the state will pick up the remaining cost.
    Page 2 of 2 - The current expense referendum is needed to continue operating the district as it currently is. The current expense referendum is for $1.5 million.
    The total first-year impact of the property tax increases would be about $92 for a home with a market value of $200,000.

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