Eastwood to survey residents on windfall PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:16
PEMBERVILLE - Eastwood Schools will use a phone survey of residents to help determine how best to spend its new income from a planned Home Depot project.
At Monday's school board meeting, the board approved a contract with Wenzel Strategies for survey services in the amount of $4,000.
Wenzel Strategies is a public opinion research and media/communications consulting company based in Columbus. The company can conduct online, phone or text polling of district residents.
Owner Fritz Wenzel recommended an automated call to voters when he met with the board in July.
Superintendent Brent Welker said the next step is to develop the questions for the survey. He said the survey likely will occur near the end of September, with at least one community forum before that to explain the process.
Welker has repeatedly said administrators need information from community members on how to spend the unexpected windfall.
A tax abatement agreement with the new Home Depot distribution center planned in Troy Township will give Eastwood $675,000 per year beginning in 2015 and continuing through January 2029. The amount received over that time will be $10,125,000.
Also at Monday's meeting, the board:
•    Heard from Phil Donaldson, director of operations, that the security buzzer systems in all the buildings were ready when school started this week. The system limits visitors into the buildings, including parents, before and after school.
•    Approved the purchase of two buses, a 60-passenger wheelchair-accessible bus from Rush Truck Centers of Ohio for $80,974; and an 84-passenger bus from Cardinal Bus Sales & Service for $86,065. Donaldson said the district should have the smaller bus within 45 days, but it'll take up to 250 days for the larger bus.
•    Accepted a donation of $320 from an anonymous donor to the boys' soccer concession stand, and $900 from the Eastwood Soccer Club for a PA system for the soccer building.

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