|Rossford to try bond issue for new schools|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor|
|Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:57|
At Monday's meeting, the board voted 4-0 to submit a $32.2 million bond issue for voter approval on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Board member Doug Miller was absent.
That amount is the equivalent of about a 4.6-mill property tax, said district Treasurer James Rossler.
The issue will pay for the first of a two-phase building plan. The first phase calls for a new school for pre-kindergarten through second grade on the site of Eagle Hills Elementary School and a new grade 3 through 5 school on the site of Indian Hills Elementary.
The board will take the second necessary vote to go forward with the issue at a special meeting July 22 at 5 p.m. at Bulldog Center.
If the levy is approved, construction for the Indian Hills school would begin in 2014, and once it is finished construction at Eagle Point would start mid-2015.
The bond will last 37 years, according to Rossler.
The new schools will be built on the sites of the existing elementaries.
During the construction of Indian Hills, students will attend Glenwood and Eagle Point elementaries. During the construction of the new Eagle Point school, youngsters will be move to Glenwood and Indian Hills.
The second phase of the district's facility plan calls for a mostly new high school and junior high complex on the current downtown site. The historic core and facade of the existing high school would be preserved and renovated.
Based on estimates presented to the board, that could cost about $44 million.
"I wish we could have had more community input. We begged and pleaded" for input from voters, said board member Ken Sutter.
He said he hopes residents will get excited as the district enters the design phase of the project.
The board will wait until the levy passes to hire a design team, Rossler said.
About 425 people had responded to the most recent survey, sent to 5,000 voters, which posed two building options and several financing plans, said Sharon Belkofer, who chaired the district's Community Input Committee.
"The statistics are relevant and can be reliable," she said.
Also at the meeting, the board agreed to enter into an agreement with ZGL Investments Inc., which leases space to other vendors at Cedar Business Park. The firm wants to add on and will enter an in-lieu-of-payment agreement with the district for taxes on the new construction. The abatement will be for 10 years.
The amount will be about $12,500 each year, according to Rossler.
Megan Spangler, a first-grade teacher at Glenwood Elementary, was given a three-year contract as Glenwood principal, effective Aug. 1. She'll be paid $85,000.
The vote to hire Spangler was 3-0 with board member Jackie Brown abstaining.
Brown had asked that the board wait until the July 22 meeting to hire Spangler, stating she didn't have "all the facts" she had requested from Superintendent Dan Creps.
Creps also wasn't at Monday's meeting.
"I personally don't want to table it," said board President Dawn Burks.
Brown said she wouldn't support the contract without having all the facts.
Creps wrote in his letter of recommendation that Spangler "was the overwhelming choice of the committee."
Spangler replaces Paul Gibbs, who left for a post with Sylvania Schools.
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