Rossford has lots of school options PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 10:32
ROSSFORD - The possibilities for the Rossford Schools' building plan are far from endless, still 17 permutations of new and rebuilt schools on sites throughout the district are on the table.
On Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the meeting room in the basement of the Bulldog Center the members of the Master Plan Steering Committee and its subcommittees, representatives of the Collaborative/TMP, and interested residents will review 17 possible options for a new school plan. By the end of that meeting they hope to have the options whittled down to five.
Then it will be up to the residents of the school district, which includes part of Perrysburg Township, to decide which plan is the best fit.
John Appt, who chairs the steering committee, said information on the options will be sent to residents. That packet will include a postcard on which residents can list their preferences.
"That will guide us," he said. "If one comes out on top that will be our option."
The results will be calculated both in terms of raw preference, which option gets the most top votes, and weighted preference, considering what people's second and third choices are. "We'll be looking to see if those two correspond."
Appt said committee members hope their work will result in a building option that will garner a majority of support.
The committees, he said, "did a really good job looking into everything."
The last time a district building plan was put before voters in November, 2010, it failed. That plan called for a new high and middle school to be built on the site of the Glenwood Elementary School. The second phase called for the consolidation of the district's three elementary schools onto the downtown location of the existing high and junior high school.
Voters rejected that plan by a 2-to-1 margin.
Appt, who was involved in the earlier effort, said this time the work is being driven by a number of people involved on the committee and its subcommittees. "We have 40 community members, a range of people and have their own ideas," he said. "It's been a lot more of a community effort."
That includes many people who were vocal opponents of the earlier plan.
"We're not making the final decision," he said. "It will be the community."
After years of dealing with the issue, Appt said, he's ready to see the issue resolved. "A lot of us here are really happy to see the end coming to the process," he said. "It's taken a lot of our time. ... We'll fade off into the sunset."

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