|Rossford seeks money for new schools|
|Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 18 October 2013 10:55|
ROSSFORD - Perrysburg Township resident Sharon Belkofer said the last time a school building plan came before Rossford School District voters, she joined the effort to get it passed "fairly late" in the process.
That proposal was defeated by a two-to-one vote in November 2010.
Three years later funding for a new building plan is on the ballot, and Belkofer didn't wait to throw her support behind the effort.
Belkofer is a member of Better Schools for Better Community. She also was active from its start on the Master Plan Steering Committee that developed the plan that voters will decide.
The 4.6-mill bond issue will raise $32.2 million to fund two new elementary schools - one for grades 3 through 5 on the site of Indian Hills Elementary and the second from pre-kindergarten through 2 on the site of the Eagle Point Elementary.
The annual cost for a home with a market value of $100,000 with be $161, or $31.42 a month.
This is the first of a two-phase project. The second phase will be a combination of renovation of some space in the high school with new construction for a new grade 6 through 12 school in downtown Rossford.
Belkofer said she got involved in 2010 "because I feel very strongly about the need for new schools, for improving the facilities for students."
This time she's sensing much greater enthusiasm for the plan. "What we're hearing out there is an overwhelming yes," she said. "A lot of people who were against it last time are supportive this time."
The difference is that in 2010 many residents felt they didn't have a say in the process.
That started shortly after the last defeat when the board of education included the staunchest critics of the previous plan in the process to develop an alternative.
This time, Belkofer said, the priority was to share information with the public as well as seek their input through several community surveys.
As far as the particulars of the plan are concerned, she said, "everyone would have their preferred" option.
But it's not about an individual's particular choice. "We desperately need new schools. We have to say this is what the people of the district want. This is what they are going to seek funding for."
Superintendent Dan Creps, who was hired earlier this year, said "this is a critical issue for the community. .... The schools are one of the pillars of any community."
The studies that have been done show that new facilities are needed, he said. "We're past the want stage into the need stage."
|Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 13:13|
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