On November 5, 2019, The West Carrollton School District will seek support from voters for a bond issue that will fund the construction of new schools throughout the district. In the spring of 2017, district leaders learned that our community was eligible to build new schools with an astounding 81% state share of co-funded projects, leaving only 19 cents of every co-funded construction dollar spent to fall to local taxpayers. Because our schools have an average age of 67 years, they require significant maintenance and lack many state-of-the-art learning environments and safety features available to students today.
For the past 18 months, the Facilities Steering Committee has studied potential costs, viable building sites, and new school configurations. The committee - consisting of district administrators, school board members, and an architectural consulting firm - has recommended the construction of four buildings to meet the educational needs of all students in preschool (PK) through grade 12. The plan includes: a PK-1 school and a 2-4 school both to be located on the current Early Childhood Center and Middle School sites; a 5-6 school to be located on the current CF Holliday site; and, a 7-12 campus to be located on the current Schnell and High School sites.
Because the state’s co-funding share of 81% is so generous, the out-of-pocket cost to the community is quite attractive. This November, the Board of Education will seek to pass an approximate 5.7 mill bond issue which will cost the owner of a $100,000 home just $16.60 per month (or $12.45 per month for those eligible for the Homestead Exemption). This equates to just over 50 cents per day. This small investment will provide tremendous value to our entire community, as new schools will: 1) provide optimal learning and extracurricular environments for students; 2) make the West Carrollton School District more attractive to young families; 3) increase property values; 4) offer meeting space for senior citizens, community groups, and recreational sports teams; and, 5) boost community pride.
In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the West Carrollton School Board approved a resolution to enter into the Ohio's Expedited Local Partnership Program which will lock in our community’s ability to build new schools with 81% co-funding from the state. But--as they say--this is a limited time offer! The community will have until August of 2020 to pass a bond issue to ensure the required local funding of this project. After that, the project will be subject to its annual review, at which point we anticipate a reduced percentage for the state's share of funding.
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