|OSFC releases Northwood building funds|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 13 July 2013 07:48|
The Ohio School Facilities Commission has approved over $11.5 million in state funding for school construction work in the Northwood Local School District. The district is one of 19 from across the Buckeye state that received an offer of funding from the commission, which oversees the state's school facility renovation and construction program.
The funding, combined with $21.4 million from the district, will allow the district to move forward with the construction of a new elementary/middle/high school combination building for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students.
"This is a critical step in ensuring that the children in the Northwood district are in facilities that help support academic achievement," said OSFC executive director Richard Hickman. He went on to add that, "There is also a significant economic impact attached to today's Commission action - the construction work generated by this project could translate into both job opportunities for local residents and increased purchases of goods and services from local businesses."
Northwood Superinten-dent Greg Clark said, "With our newest building being 50 years old and all of them in need of serious infrastructure replacement, this opportunity for our community to partner with the State of Ohio to address the facility needs in our district is welcome news our district has been preparing for the last several years.
"As surrounding communities have had their opportunity to partner with the State of Ohio and have updated their facilities, I have had many community members ask when our turn would come. Now it has and through a community engagement process over the last several months, our local community committee has recommended a plan our Board of Education supports and is taking the necessary steps to place a levy on the November ballot to raise our local share."
School districts must raise their local share of the project budget within 13 months before the state funding can be released.
Northwood will go with a combined earned income tax and property tax to fund its share of the project.
Districts that fail to acquire their funding in that period are considered "lapsed," but can still participate in OSFC programs once they obtain local funding.
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