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South Bend Community School Corporation Keeps Referendum On Ballot Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Justin Hicks / WVPE

The coronavirus crisis has created economic uncertainty and financial strain on many families. Officials from South Bend Schools say they are still pushing for a referendum that would raise millions for the school district through an increase in property taxes.

Elections have been pushed back from May to June 2nd, but the referendum will still be on the ballot. 


Superintendent Todd Cummings is confident the referendum will pass, despite the coronavirus crisis.


“We believe we’re in a spot right now where we can highlight the great work our teachers are doing on elearning, by bus wifi, by feeding our students in the evenings,” he says.


Cummings says the referendum will raise money to support teachers, create programs, and improve buildings.


“If the referendum doesn’t pass, that’s going to mean an increase in class sizes, fewer resources for community engagement, and we won’t be able to churn out students who are fully college and workforce ready.”


Cummings encourages people to vote by mail. The deadline for mail in voting is May 21st.